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Q: I want my presents this year to be healthy, do you have any suggestions for gifts that are good for your oral health?

bamboo toothbrush surrounded by presents wrapped in kraft paper and tied with twine and pine boughs

A: The holidays are upon us. If you’re looking for suggestions on what to get your loved ones, we’ve made a list of some of the items we recommend to patients. Whether it’s a bigger item or a simple stocking stuffer, you might find what you’re looking for here.

Electric toothbrush

An electric toothbrush can be a great gift for the person who doesn’t brush their teeth for the recommended two to three minutes. Most electric toothbrushes come with timers or automatic shut-offs to let you know you’ve done a great job. 

Tongue scraper

Oral hygiene isn’t just about teeth and gums, your tongue needs some love too. Make sure your loved one’s oral hygiene is on the right track with a tongue scraper. Using a tongue scraper can get rid of particle build-up and help reduce bad breath. 

Bamboo toothbrush

One of the things that can help our environment and our mouths is to use a bamboo toothbrush. Bamboo toothbrushes come in an assortment of shapes, sizes and bristle strengths (soft to hard). Picking the right one doesn’t have to be difficult. We recommend a smaller size for smaller mouths and a soft-bristle strength, so vigorous brushing doesn’t damage the teeth.

Oral water irrigator

An oral water irrigator, or water pick, is most useful if you have braces or other areas in your mouth that catch food and are hard to clean. A water pick can get into those areas with a stream of water, cleaning them and making it easier to get your floss into those spaces.


For the athlete on your list, a new mouthguard may be in order. Whether you get a mouthguard that uses hot water to mould to the shape of the teeth or a customized one from your dentist, keeping your sports fan’s teeth intact will bring a smile to their faces.

Travel toiletries

Is someone getting ready for a holiday trip? Don’t forget the toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. Travel-sized oral hygiene products are a must for the jet-setter and will always come in handy. Make sure the toothpaste is less than 50 mL so that it can stay in their carryon luggage.

If you’re still looking for ideas or something specific this holiday season, ask your dentist or book an appointment today at either of our dental clinic locations.