The Best Gifts For A White Smile

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Receiving a toothbrush for Christmas ranks somewhere between receiving socks and nothing. But finding the right oral care product can help your smile obsessed friends have a white (smile) Christmas. Here are some products that make your secret santa feel merry and leave their teeth bright.

 

Crest 3D White Whitestrips with Light

(From the website) Crest 3D White’s new, unique blue light system uses the same type of light technology dentists use. The blue light weakens stains so that the whitening ingredient can work more effectively. The result is dramatically better whitening compared to strips alone that lasts up to 36 months.

 

Quip Electric Toothbrush

Quip toothbrushes feature an electric motor that vibrates at an industry standard 15,000 RPM to provide a thorough yet non-damaging cleaning action. The Motor pulses every 30 seconds to help you evenly clean teeth and gums and cuts out at 2 minutes to let you know when to stop. The stylish looking handle is precision cut aluminum that is bead blasted by machine and anodized to endure a lifetime of cleaning. You can also subscribe to get a fresh brush head every three months, which is how often you should be changing out your brush.

 

Radius The Source Toothbrush

Do you have a friend that loves white smiles and fancy looking toothbrushes matched with an eco-friendly design? The will love the Radius.

(from the website) Thanks to replacement-head technology and a handle made from repurposed materials, the Source™ reduces waste by 93%. When you’re done with one of its patented, gum-stimulating heads you simply swap it for another.

 

Poseidon Oral Irrigator

Why use an oral irrigator? It easily flosses your teeth without fear of slicing your gums and will reach more areas floss can’t seem to get to. The Poseidon Oral Irrigator features interchangeable tips allowing multiple users to use the same device and a plug in cradle to store and charge the device so it’s ready to go when you are.

 

Go Smile Stain Erasers

 For your wine lover friend, these sticks act like a bleaching pen for your teeth.

(from the website) Everyday, your teeth are exposed to food and drinks that can stain your teeth. Since teeth are porous, the stains can soak deep inside the enamel unless you act quickly. Keep our GO SMILE Stain Erasers on hand and you can erase stains before they set into your teeth. Apply anytime, anywhere—Just Flip, Pop, and Touch Up! Perfect for red wine stains, as well as coffee and tea!

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The Tooth Friendly Kitchen – Smile Friendly Fall Fruit Salad

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I have been known be a bit of fruit bat. If there is fresh fruit in front of me, it will end up in my mouth. So with the fall officially upon us, and pome fruits like apples and pears reaching their peak season, it seemed like the perfect time to revisit the Tooth Friendly Kitchen!

You see pears and apples are great for your teeth. Their abrasive texture acts like a toothbrush, helping to scrub those pearly whites. They also require some extra chewing, which initiates saliva production. Saliva helps protect teeth from bacteria and tooth decay. The addition of Manuka honey also helps to detour bacteria. We have talked about Manuka honey before in some of our other posts. It has a long list of health benefits but can also be pricey or hard to find. Feel free to use regular honey in this recipe if you can’t get a hold of a bottle. We use mint leaves in the recipe for some added freshness but you could replace the mint with thyme for a more herbaceous flavor.

This easy to make salad is perfect for a quick, satisfying snack or lunch.

Smile Friendly Fall Fruit Salad

  • 3 apples
  • 3 pears
  • 2/3 cup almond slivers
  • 1/4 cup Manuka honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Add the apples, pears and almonds into a large mixing bowl, followed by the honey and mint leaves. Tossed until throughly mixed, then serve.

The Dentist Innovators

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Dentists are constantly innovating procedures and techniques to help make your visit more comfortable. Sometimes, these innovations take a step outside of the dental chair and lead to inventions that are used everyday. Here are some of those inventions, ranging from what you’d expect a dentist to invent to the more… bizarre…

Levi Spear ParmlyInventor of Dental Floss

It’s no wonder a dentist is credited with inventing dental floss. Although, people have been picking at their teeth since the beginning of mankind, it wasn’t until 1819, that New Orleans dentist Levi Spear Parmly published a book called A Practical Guide to the Management of the Teeth. In the book, he recommended that people floss with waxed silk thread “to dislodge that irritating matter which no brush can remove, and which is the real source of disease.”

Dr. William MorrisonInventor of Cotton Candy

Some people might cry “FOUL” when they learn dentist William Morrison created Cotton Candy. Yes, the air spun, sugary treat, that has been found guilty of many a cavity, was developed by a dentist. To add insult to injury, Dr. Morrison first called his sweet treat, “Fairy Floss.” Was this to make people use sugar as they would dental floss or did he get the recipe from some real hyper fairies? No one will ever know. At least the sugary confection has lead to millions of smiles throughout amusement parks around the world… and probably a few more dental appointments.

Dr. Bob SmithInventor of the Modern Snow Goggles

Dentist Bob Smith was an avid skier and was tired of his goggles constantly fogging up. So he did what any normal dentist would do: innovate the first double-pane goggle with a sealed thermal lens and breathable vent foam, to dramatically reduced foggy goggles on the slopes. Once he got a patent for the open-cell foam used for venting, he produced the goggles by hand with his wife and friends using dental tools and employed dental students to glue the pieces together.

Dr. Alfred P. SouthwickInventor of the Electric Chair

This invention is definitely on the bizarre side. Dentist Alfred Southwick saw a drunken man accidentally shock himself to death in 1881. This inspired him to invent the electric chair, which he figured would be a better alternative to hanging because it would be quick and painless (insert “going to the dentist” pun).

Is your dentist an inventor? You should ask. If you don’t have a dentist to ask, use DentistUSA to find one! Your smile will be happy and you’ll probably get an interesting conversation.