Dentistry doesn’t always have the best rep when it comes to gift-giving because let’s face it, oral hygiene can be a bit boring. Even people who enjoy brushing their teeth usually ask for gift cards – not floss – over the holidays. If you want to help improve someone’s oral hygiene without coming across as a “fuddy-duddy,” check out these dental Christmas gifts that people actually want. Some are more expensive than others, but any one of them could be a success.
I would have never thought that Waterpiks would make great holiday gifts until my friend got one for her father-in-law for Christmas. Apparently it was something he always wanted but couldn’t buy because it was too expensive. A Waterpik is a tool that can help remove particles in between teeth through the use of a powerful stream of water. Waterpiks can be pricey, with good ones running about $70. For an older member of the family though, this could be an excellent Christmas gift.
Crest White Strips
Crest White Strips are at-home whiteners that can help brighten a person’s smile without the expense of professional whitening. Of course, the whitening you can get at the dentist’s office is more powerful and longer lasting, but these strips are a good alternative to use at home. Again, Crest White Strips can be expensive, which is why a lot of people won’t buy them for themselves. If you know of someone who has blatantly asked for some though, add it to your holiday shopping list.
Colgate Wisps are far more affordable than the other products on this list, making them perfect for stocking stuffers. These little tools are portable toothbrushes that you can use one time and then throw away. You don’t have to bring toothpaste and other apparatus along. Just pull one out of the bag, brush, and toss. They aren’t as effective as complete brushing at home, but this can still help clean in between brushings.
Electric toothbrushes can come across as boring, but they can also be fun to receive under the right circumstances. For instance, a child may love getting an electric toothbrush if it has Dora the Explorer on the outside. An adult may like it if the brush comes with a cleaner and all the bells and whistles you may not ever truly need on your toothbrush.
Walk down the dental aisle at the supermarket and see if you can get any gift ideas from it. With the right presentation, you’ll get a genuine smile from whoever receives your thoughtful present.