This year, get mom a gift that shows them how much you love their smile! Here are some gift ideas with oral health in mind for your loved ones.
Reusable straws are an inexpensive way to help support oral health and our environment. Using straws helps protect your enamel from negative effects of sugars, acids, or syrups found in many beverages. Having plastic-free and reusable utensils helps eliminate plastic pollution threatening our oceans and aquatic friends.
Spoil them with treats that will satisfy their sweet tooth and won’t compromise their oral health. Financial District San Francisco dentist Dr. Kandar suggests fresh berries because they are packed with vitamin C and fiber - without refined sugar. But if candy is a must, pass on hard candies and chewy taffies and choose chocolates instead - the darker the better! Chocolate dissolves fast, minimizing the amount of time it stays on teeth.
An Electric Toothbrush
Give mom the gift of perfectly clean teeth every day. Some clinical studies have shown that an electric toothbrush removes plaque from your teeth and gums 21% more effectively than manual brushing. If you choose to gift them a new electric toothbrush, Financial District San Francisco dentist Dr. Kandar suggests making sure the brush is round and has an oscillating head. Plus an electric brush with a 1- or 2-minute timer can be helpful to ensure they are brushing for the appropriate amount of time, every time.
A Convenient Travel Size Oral Health Kit
Put together a small kit of everyday essentials like sugar free gum, floss, toothpaste, and a travel toothbrush. This is an easy way to show you care about their health and want to help make their daily routine easier.