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Top Dental Gadgets to Ask Santa For

December 6, 2015

5 products that can help you take better care of your teeth.

Top Dental Gadgets to Ask Santa ForHave you ever heard the song “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth”? While this is a charming request for a gap-toothed six-year-old to make, tooth loss is definitely not attractive in an adult, and you certainly don’t want to find yourself asking for new teeth this Christmas.

Fortunately, by maintaining a good oral hygiene routine you can dramatically reduce your chances of having any of your teeth fall victim to the top two causes of tooth loss, namely tooth decay or gum disease.

Here are some of the top dental gadgets that can help with your efforts to keep your smile strong, healthy, and intact. You might want to ask Santa for some of these gadgets this Christmas so you don’t find yourself asking for new teeth next year!

Electric Toothbrush: While you can certainly do an excellent job brushing your teeth with a plain old $1 toothbrush, getting an electric toothbrush can help you step up your game. Many people find that it is easier to clean along the gum line with an electric toothbrush. If you want to get one, be sure to look for a model that has both circular and back-and-forth motion, and stock up on those replacement brush heads while you’re at it.

Water Flosser: For those who loathe flossing, exchanging the string floss for a water flosser can be a really smart move. Water flossers clean just as well as string floss, but they tend to be gentler on the gums. Considering that discomfort from tender or bleeding gums is a common reason for avoiding flossing, you can understand what a benefit the water flosser brings.

Toothbrush Timer: Most people brush their teeth for a mere fraction of the 2 minutes recommended by their dentists. By using a timer, you can make sure you are spending the right amount of time cleaning your teeth. It doesn’t have to be a fancy gadget—even an old-fashioned hourglass will work. But if you like tech, consider getting a toothbrush timer app for your smartphone.

Home Whitening Kit: Most over the counter teeth whitening products are not as effective or comfortable as the treatments provided in your dentist’s office. But, if you really feel the need to touch up your whitening at home, ask your dentist to prepare a take-home kit for you. This kit will work better than what you could buy at the store yourself.

Temporary Filling Kit: One final dental product you might consider getting is a temporary filling repair kit. These kits can be very helpful for people who participate in active sports that carry risk of chipping or breaking a tooth, as well as those who already have lots of fillings or bonded material in their teeth. The kit can be used to temporarily cover up the damaged portion of a tooth to help protect it until you can get to a dentist for a permanent solution.