A delicious mainstay of the holidays is the overabundance of sweet treats. From the cakes, pies and chocolate-covered surprises (like strawberries, pretzels and popcorn), to cookies and deep dish desserts, it’s not just our waistlines that need monitoring.
Now might also be a good time to forgo your usual dental hygiene routine and bump it up a notch for the holiday eating season. Those desserts are heavenly, but not so sweet if the sugars they contain get left behind in your pearly whites and cause issues like cavities and inflammation. We’ve got a product-backed plan to keep your smile merry and bright, no matter how much you indulge this holiday.
1. Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder, $14.95
Seeing lackluster results from whitening toothpastes? Try Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder instead. It’s made from 100% organic charcoal and contains no additives, preservatives, foaming agents or fluoride. It gently brightens and whitens your teeth plus fights bacteria and inflammation. It also leaves your mouth with a fresh taste.
So while its primary use is for removing surface stains from teeth, it’s good for mouth health in general. You can enjoy another glass of red wine with Thanksgiving dinner, or that second slice of berry cobbler, without having to worry about it leaving a mark on your smile.
2. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Toothbrush, $219.00
Most dentists recommend upgrading to an electric toothbrush for the most efficient cleaning. In addition to removing 7x more plaque than a manual toothbrush, the one we recommend from Philips has more than a few things going for it. It made Health.com’s “Top 5 Dentist List of Best Electric Toothbrushes,” and it’s an affordable investment — costing around $200 dollars. It also boasts a small toothbrush head for those hard-to-reach areas.
Other great features include its five modes of operation, plus a USB travel charger. Still not sold? There’s more: it comes with a convenient travel case, and you’re promised a whiter smile after only 7 days of use. It’s really that good.
3. ZAPI UV Toothbrush Sanitizer, $34.95
Now that you’ve got the scoop on some of the best products to use for oral health, what’s next? We recommend cleaning your toothbrush. Yep, you can now keep your toothbrush clean with the ZAPI UV Toothbrush Sanitizer. It has germicidal UV light technology that kills 99.9 percent of bacteria that live on your toothbrush, including H1N1, E. coli, staph and salmonella. Not to mention the gross bacteria that lingers in the air and lands on your toothbrush after you flush the toilet. Yuck!
The ZAPI works with both regular and electric toothbrushes. Its full-blast toothbrush cleaning technology is powered by just three AAA batteries, and the UV light lasts a lifetime. Unlike the toothbrush head on your toothbrush (which should be tossed every three months), the ZAPI’s light never needs to be replaced. Remember: a clean toothbrush means a clean mouth!
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