If you're tired of the same-old same-old when it comes to taking care of your teeth, try spicing up your dental routine a little bit. Here are some weird, wonderful and downright wacky dental products that can put a little extra fun in your oral hygiene routine.
Flavored dental floss: Tired of mint and cinnamon? Then how about putting some new flavors on the floss menu? Try pickle, ranch, bacon, or cupcake frosting flavored floss instead! Tired of having salad stuck in your teeth? Use salad-flavored floss instead! Maybe you don't have time for breakfast in the morning, or perhaps you're just watching your weight? If so, try the breakfast flavored floss combo. It includes coffee, waffles and bacon to start your morning out right. If you want to take a walk on the wild side, then you won't want to pass up the absinthe floss. Check out the whole flavored floss collection at Archie McPhee (http://www.mcphee.com) and perk up your routine.
Flavored toothpaste: Toothpaste doesn't have to come in boring flavors either. You'll find some excellent alternative toothpaste flavors at Archie McPhee. Bacon flavored toothpaste could await you every morning. (Who doesn't like bacon?) Don't forget to check out the pickle and cupcake flavored toothpastes, too. They make great gifts, or keep them for yourself and enjoy the ride! Having trouble getting someone in your house interested in the dental hygienist program? Try ice cream flavored toothpaste. For the truly adventurous: pine flavored toothpaste. Yup.
Tooth Tunes: This one may not appeal to everyone, but for kids and pre-teens, Tooth Tunes is where it's at. This toothbrush plays music for two minutes – the recommended time for brushing. As long as the music is playing, the brusher should be brushing. Tooth Tunes toothbrushes come loaded with clips from more than two dozen pop music artists. The music isn't readily audible by anyone other than the brusher, and is triggered by pressure on the brush head. Tooth Tunes are distributed by Hasbro/Tiger Electronics and are available at most general merchandise stores. A single toothbrush – batteries included - will set you back about $10.
Brushing Timers: Not interested in listening to the music in your head while you brush? Then try a toothbrush timer. Whether it's a mechanical timer or a simple sand timer, these devices can help ensure that you're spending enough quality time with your toothbrush. You can find toothbrush timers online and in stores. They're great tools for teaching kids to brush, but they only measure time spent, not good brushing techniques.
Electric and Ultrasonic Toothbrushes: They've been around forever but there are a whole new line of electric toothbrushes that can help you keep your teeth clean. Spinning brush heads promise to clean up your teeth better and faster than manual toothbrushes do. If you want to get really tooth-techy, take your brushing to a whole new level and try an ultrasonic toothbrush. These gadgets will set you back seriously but promise to deliver a better time at the dentist than a manual toothbrush does. You can get a sonic setup for the whole family, too.
Flavored mouthwashes: With all this fun you're having brushing and flossing, you need a fun mouthwash to complete the picture, right? Well, you're not in nearly as much luck as you are with brushing and flossing. Aside from the standard vanilla mint, regular mint, spearmint, ultra mint, peppermint, orange, and grape flavored mouthwashes (and don't forget regular Listerine), you're not going to have much luck here. Why? To be truly effective, mouthwashes need to be tough enough to stand up to heavy hitters like garlic. One of the best (and only) contenders in this category? You guessed it: mint!