As Christmas quickly approaches, many of us are found guilty of waiting till the last minute to complete our holiday shopping. Although we continue to remind ourselves “we’ll start our Christmas shopping earlier next year,” most of end up in same situation as the year before – scrambling around to find the remaining items on your shopping list.But have no fear! Your dental friends here at Western Pennsylvania Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery are here to help. To make your life easier (and to give you time to bake any last-minute Christmas cookies), we’ve put a list together of teeth-oriented gift ideas that everyone can relate to. Let’s face it, who doesn’t want the perfect smile?!
1. Professional Teeth Whitening
Getting your teeth professionally whitened is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures in the world today. It is conducted in a safe and controlled environment and yields immediate results. Who wouldn’t want a perfectly whitened smile?However, this method is much more expensive than in-house whitening kits you can purchase that use a low-bleach concentration to whiten teeth. But thankfully during the holiday season many dental offices offer these services for discounted prices. This could make a great gift for someone important to you. Also, you can even talk to your dentist about offering some sort of gift certificate for a whitening service rather than paying for the whole whitening session.Talk to your dentist today and see whether or not you (or the person you are buying the whitening session for) is a candidate for such services.
2. Home Whitening Kits
This brings me to my next point – home whitening kits. Obviously professional whitening is pretty expensive, and even with a discount it might be more than you intended to spend on someone for Christmas. Another option for those looking to whiten their smile – just in time for the holiday – is home whitening kits.There are various different types of home whitening products on the market, and it is important to talk with your dentist on which ones are best for you. Also, you need to be aware of the risks and different factors involved in whitening your teeth. For instance, if you overuse whitening products, your teeth may become sensitive causing pain and irritation. This article by Cleveland Clinic provides an outline of points to consider when purchasing whitening products.
Electric toothbrushes make for the perfect Christmas present – and the different models offered today are remarkable! The Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000 with Bluetooth allows you to document your brushing habits wirelessly. By downloading the Oral-B app you can time yourself to ensure you are brushing the full 2 minute recommendation and adjust your brushing habits to be more effective. This model includes 5 different brushing modes to provide the perfect brush suited for you.Best Reviews offers reviews on some of the top electric toothbrush competitors on the market, so your our options are endless!
4. Electric Flossers
Hey, toothbrushes aren’t the only electric dental products out there! Did you know electric flossers are available? How perfect for the many people out their guilty of not regularly flossing. According to some studies, 80% of people don't floss. If you find yourself (or anyone on your Christmas list) guilty of “flossing once in a while” or being the "occasional flosser" this could make for the perfect gift – an easy way to make flossing part of your daily routine.This particular electric flosser by Philips Sonicare claims to remove 99% more plaque than a manual toothbrush. Karen Davis, RDH, BSDH provides an intricate review for this product on Dental Economics. Here you can decide for yourself whether or not it could make for the perfect Christmas gift.
5. Dental Stocking Stuffers
For anyone attempting to find the perfect stocking stuffers for their loved ones, dental products can make for the perfect gifts! Know anybody always on the go? Is your brother, uncle, cousin, or father-in-law constantly traveling for business? Well how perfect would it be to have extra travel toothbrushes, carry-on sized toothpaste. And we can’t forget floss - it’s the perfect size to fit in any stocking, and your dentist will be praising you later for keeping up with it.Thank you, thank you, we’re here all Christmas, who would’ve thought your dental friends could come in handy outside your regularly scheduled appointments?From everyone here at Western Pennsylvania Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and the best of luck as you embark on your last-minute Christmas shopping.