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Still have some last minute Christmas shopping that needs to be done or a few stockings that still haven’t been fully stuffed? Well don’t worry, Dr. Sue Walker, your best choice for family dentist Milwaukie OR has and her friendly staff have you covered with a few dental related gift ideas that are perfect for the holiday season.

While most people don’t give too much thought to their oral health this time of year, Christmas makes a wonderful time to attended to the oral health for your loved ones by giving gifts that help protect their teeth and gums from the harmful substances that cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Recent studies have found strong links between poor oral health and a number of chronic health problems, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. By giving the gift of better oral health, you can help ensure that you and your family will enjoy many future healthy holidays to come.

With that in mind, here are five great gift ideas that can help improve some special’s oral health.

Electric Toothbrush

Studies have found that 97 percent of adults either don’t know how to correctly brush their teeth or don’t spend enough time brushing a day. (The American Dental Association recommends patients spend at least two minutes brushing in the morning and at night, for a total of four minutes total a day.) Using an electric toothbrush takes all of the guesswork out of brushing, as their oscillating heads and built-in timers allow users to effortlessly brush correctly and for long enough each day.

The nonprofit consumer advocate magazine Consumer Reports recommends shoppers look for a brand that features a handle and brush head that feels comfortable in the hand and mouth. As with most things, if you don’t feel comfortable using an electric brush, you’re more likely to avoid using it, which will have the opposite effect on the health of the your teeth as intended.

Some of the top electric and sonic toothbrushes on the market include, the Waterpik Complete Care, Philips Sonicare DiamondClean, Oral-B Triumph 5000, and the Braun Stages Power, which makes a great choice for kids.

Tongue Scraper

An inexpensive gift that can have a major impact on an individual’s oral health, a tongue scraper makes the perfect stocking stuffer. Foul smelling bacteria in the mouth builds up on the tongue – giving it a whitish appearance – and can cause frequent and persistent bad breath if left unattended. While you can always take a few moments to gently brush your tongue when performing your nightly oral hygiene routine, many people find toothbrush heads too cumbersome to adequately clean their tongue. Fortunately, tongue scrapers are specifically designed to perform this important hygiene task quickly, comfortably, and efficiently, making them a worthy Christmas present.

Water Pick

While nothing can replace the effectiveness of dental floss, a water pick makes a fine substitute to use after a meal or when you don’t have time to complete your full oral hygiene routine. Using pressurized water, a pick helps to remove lingering food particles and bacteria from around your gums and in-between teeth. When left alone, this bacteria can cause the development of tooth decay and gum disease, which makes rinsing after meals such an important part of maintaining your oral health. Water picks are great gifts for individuals who suffer from bad gums and need to thoroughly clean their teeth after each meal to prevent further damage from occurring.

Whitening Kits

Few aspects of an individual’s appearance have as noticeable an impact as a beautifully bright smile. A whiter smile can provide someone with the confidence they need to excel both in their private and professional lives, as they will no longer feel self-conscious about the effects of a lifetime of consuming teeth staining foods and drinks.

While a number of whitening products are available to consumers – everything from toothpaste to mouthwash to gels and strips – the most effective way to whiten at home is by using products that feature trays users fill with a whitening solution and fit over the teeth. Products such as the Pearl Brilliant White and GLO do cost more than strips and toothpastes, however, consumers reviews suggest they also provide better results.

Tooth whitening isn’t for every patient, as individuals who suffer from sensitive teeth may suffer further problems when exposed to the chemical used to whiten. You should consult with Milwaukie Oregon dentist Dr. Walker about whether a tooth whitening kits is the right gift for older members of your family.

Dental Care Kit

Everyone needs to brush and floss daily, which means they will always need floss, toothpaste, a new toothbrush, and mouthwash every so often. Help your loved ones get a jump on their oral health care for 2014 by stuffing their stocking with a dental care kit that contains all of these items this holiday season.