The holiday season is here, which means that you might be scrambling to find last-minute gift ideas for your loved ones. Luckily, our team and dentist in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, are here to help!
But, before you get your friends and family gifts, give yourself the gift of a healthy smile at Gallery Dental of Oakbrook. Dr. Peter L. Noto and his team can take your smile from dull to dazzling just in time for the holidays. Schedule your appointment here, or call our team at (630) 620-8300 for booking and more information.
Are you struggling to find thoughtful gifts for your friends and family members this year? In today’s blog post, our dentist in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, gives you oral health-related gift ideas to bring healthy, beautiful smiles to all of your loved ones’ faces.
Sugar-Free Gum and Mints
The holidays usually bring sweet treats and warming spirits. But, sugary and acidic foods and drinks can wreak havoc on our smiles.
This year, help your loved ones enjoy all of their holiday favorites (including sweets and wine!) with sugar-free gum and mints. These products help stimulate saliva production, which helps wash food debris and bacteria from the mouth. Not only that, but research suggests that some sugarless sweeteners (like xylitol) help prevent the growth of certain cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth.
And, at under $5 per package, sugarless gum and mints can bring a smile to your face, too!
Many patients neglect to floss because traditional string floss can be unwieldy and difficult to use. But, if your loved ones aren’t flossing daily, then they may be putting themselves at risk of gum disease and tooth loss.
Simplify and modernize your loved ones’ oral hygiene with water flossers (also called oral irrigators). With portable and rechargeable options, these tools can help friends and family members remove plaque between the teeth and around the gum line with ease.
Similar to water flossers, electric toothbrushes take most of the manual work out of oral hygiene. But, not only do electric toothbrushes make oral hygiene easier, they also may be more effective at removing plaque.
The oscillating motion of electric toothbrushes allows the bristles to reach tiny nooks and crannies that manual brushing cannot reach. As a result, an electric toothbrush may be just what your loved one needs to enhance their oral health and appearance.
Most toothpastes that you can buy at the supermarket or drugstore cost under $4. While these toothpastes are great for cleaning the teeth, they may provide very few additional benefits.
Show your loved ones that you care by investing in a specialty toothpaste, like remineralizing nano-hydroxyapatite toothpaste. These toothpastes contain minerals that adhere to the surface of the teeth, which helps strengthen areas of weak enamel. And, by strengthening weak enamel, you can help your friends and family members avoid cavities and dental damage.
Generally, specialty toothpastes are only slightly more expensive than regular toothpastes. Indeed, most specialty toothpastes cost under $15 for a four-ounce tube!
Meet Our Dentist in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Want to schedule an appointment or gather more gift ideas from our dentist in Oakbrook Terrace, IL? Simply contact our team at Gallery Dental of Oakbrook here, or call (630) 620-8300 for more!