The holidays can be very damaging to teeth. Chocolate and candy is even more abundant than usual, and nearly everyone will overeat at one point or another between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. However, there is no need to wait until 2013 to get your oral hygiene back on track. Your Wilkes-Barre sedation dentist, Dr. James DeFinnis, recommends these tooth-friendly stocking stuffers to promote oral health.
The traditional sugared gum is very bad for teeth, but takes out the sugar, and gum can be very good for teeth and oral health. Chewing sugarless gum can promote saliva production, which is critical for both fresh breath and for overall oral health. If you are going to give sugarless gum, make sure to get a pack with xylitol. There is some evidence that xylitol can freshen breath and help fight tooth decay.
Many people are reluctant to floss, even if they brush twice a day. However, flossing is critical to good oral health. No matter how dexterous you may be or how fine your toothbrush bristles are, they cannot go into the nooks and crannies between your teeth the way floss can. If you know your loved one is neglecting flossing, a pack in the stocking might be a good reminder.
An Electric Toothbrush
Many dentists recommend electric toothbrushes over the traditional manual one. Since many people don’t realize just how much unnecessary force they are brushing their teeth with, using an electric brush might just be gentler on the gums and teeth. In addition, most electric brushes come with an automatic shut-off timer, so the brusher knows that they brushed for exactly the amount of time they were supposed to.
Toothpaste comes in a variety of wacky flavors these days. If someone on your shopping list just doesn’t like the taste of toothpaste, try giving them a different flavor. As long as the toothpaste bears the seal of the American Dental Association, it will be fine for cleaning, no matter what bizarre flavor it comes in.
An Appointment with Your Wilkes-Barre Sedation Dentist
This can be the stocking stuffer you can give to yourself. If you have fears of the dentist, or want to get a number of procedures done at once, sedation dentistry might be the answer for you. Call Back Mountain Dental at (570) 763-4360 to make an appointment today. Dr. James C. DeFinnis is a Pennsylvania Cosmetic, Family & Sedation dentist serving Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Kingston, Forty Fort and Dallas, PA.