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Everything You Need for the Best Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene products
Design: theSkimm | Photos: Cocofloss, Boka
January 19, 2024

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Raise your hand if you’d rather do literally anything other than go to the dentist. Same here. That’s why we’ve invested in a few products to keep visits as few and far between as possible — like a dentist-approved toothbrush, travel-friendly toothpaste tablets, and a tongue scraper to prevent bad breath. Pearly whites, here you come.


A special Quip collection…

We know and love Quip rechargeable electric toothbrushes, but we love them even more thanks to Shantell Martin, a line work artist from London. These products make caring for your teeth more fun because you’re looking at a little work of art while you’re doing it. Just like all Quip toothbrushes, this one connects to the app on your phone to help you track your routine. ($7+, Quip)

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A special floss to help you get in the nooks and crannies…

If you have a bridge, braces, or permanent retainer, you need this floss. It has a coated end that makes it easier to slide under appliances and through tight spaces in between teeth, then the rest is spongy floss for wider spaces followed by regular floss. It really can do it all. ($5.39, Target)

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A silicone bag to carry everything in…

This toiletry kit is made out of soft silicone so it wipes down easily and packs flat. It has mesh zippered pockets, straps to keep your toothbrush in place, and a hook to hang it on. We love the futuristic design and mint color. ($40, Quip)

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An antiseptic mouthwash that heals and refreshes…

If you’re like us, you often burn your mouth on your morning oatmeal, bite your cheek by accident, or brush too hard. This rinse contains hydrogen peroxide to clean and heal minor mouth wounds, but does not contain alcohol, so it won’t burn. Just swish after meals to start feeling better. ($10.96, Amazon)

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An electric flosser that eliminates the need for elbow grease…

Grab this electric flosser starter kit and wonder why you ever flossed the old fashioned way. Pop on a flosser head (the kit comes with 45), and the vibrations will blast away plaque much more effectively than regular floss. It’s waterproof, and the heads are recyclable, so there’s no guilt with throwing them away after you use them. ($119, Flaus)

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teeth floss

Coconut oil-infused floss you’ll be excited to use each night…

This brand is known for its flexible, soft-textured weave that makes it easily able to scrub away plaque and get into those tight spaces between your teeth. Think of the material like an exfoliating loofah, but for your teeth and gums. This eco-friendly, toxin-free floss has aromatic fruit oils and a light coating of vegan wax that smells amazing. Plus, with this pack, you’ll get 32 yards of floss — that’s about six months’ worth in recyclable packaging — so you’ll be set for quite a while. It’s also a great option for kids thanks to its cute packaging that’ll help encourage them to floss each night. ($36/4-pack, Cocofloss)

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Teeth whitening

A personalized teeth-whitening kit so you can stop buying pricey strips…

Start by taking a quiz about your teeth’s sensitivity, your brushing habits, and diet. Based on your answers, you’ll get a custom formula that’s fast-acting, effective, and won’t cause sensitivity. It comes with your gel formula and a mouthpiece; just follow the steps and watch your teeth brighten in as little as six days. Psst…for more details on why we’re obsessed with this kit, check out our full review. ($76, Laughland)

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A pack of three tubes of toothpaste for sensitive teeth…

This pack of toothpaste from Boka has swapped fluoride for nano-hydroxyapatite (n-Ha) — a naturally occurring form of calcium that helps to strengthen and even rebuild enamel on sensitive teeth. Choose from four different flavors and subscribe to the brand’s recurring deliveries for 20% off your order. ($33/3-pack, Boka)

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A Waterpik if you have trouble with traditional floss…

This Waterpik is reportedly up to 50% more effective than traditional floss and can remove up to 99.9% of plaque from your teeth and gums. It’s a solid option for people with crowns, implants, braces, or other dental work that makes it hard to use string floss each night. It has 10 pressure ranges, a massage mode that’ll stimulate your gums and help with circulation, and a timer that’ll help keep you on track. PS: The reservoir is also top-rack dishwasher-safe, so it makes for easy cleanup. ($68.99+, Amazon)

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A sleek battery-powered toothbrush that dentists love…

This electric toothbrush can deliver cleaner and healthier teeth and gums in just one week after switching over from a manual toothbrush. The round brush head wraps around each tooth to remove plaque buildup from hard-to-reach places. We love the pressure sensor that alerts you when you’re brushing too hard, and the in-handle timer that helps you stay on track for the recommended two minutes. ($149.99, Target)

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Tongue scrapers

A set of two tongue scrapers to beat bad breath…

Made from rust-free, smooth stainless steel, they’re pain-free and come with a lifetime replacement warranty. Plus, you’ll get two travel packs so you can have fresh breath no matter where you are. It’ll quickly become your favorite part of your dental routine. ($9.78+/2-pack, Amazon)

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Toothpaste tablets

Travel-friendly toothpaste tablets…

Just pop one in, give it a chew until it’s soft and smooth, then use a soft-bristled brush for the best results. The fluoride in them will strengthen enamel and prevent cavities while tackling plaque and tartar. With enough tabs to last you two months, compostable packaging, and a vegan and sugar-free formula, there’s nothing not to smile about here. ($9.29, Hive)

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Mouthwash tablets

Mouthwash tablets for when you need to freshen up…

That’s right, mouthwash tablets. All you have to do is bite down, sip, and swish. These are paraben-free, and come with 124 tablets and a portable glass container. Name something better to stash in your carry-on and use after a long flight. While you're at it, try out the brand's toothpaste tabs that come in three flavors. ($20, Bite)

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A portable electronic toothbrush for minty-fresh breath…

This battery-operated toothbrush uses micro-vibrations and includes a two-minute timer feature for an efficient clean. The brush is housed in a sleek, convenient travel case that’s easy to pop in a small bag, and it comes in a bunch of fun colors. Pro tip: Dentists recommend replacing your brush head every three months. ($24.96, Philips)

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