Smile Brighter for Holiday Photos with these Dental Essentials

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It’s inevitable that at some point in the next month or so you’ll be forced to smile for a photo. Mostly likely it will be at a parent’s insistence.

In the likelihood you will be displaying teeth in an image that will be sent to every friend and family member even tangentially related to you and yours, it’s in your best interest to make sure they look as pearly white as possible (unless your parents are weirdly proficient in FaceTune). Beyond being camera-ready, getting serious about your dental hygiene around this time of sugar overload and boozy beverages is probably a good idea anyway. Here are some ways to ensure you can smile with confidence.

Aesop Mouthwash

Aesop Mouthwash

Let’s be honest, Listerine is pretty nasty stuff. If you don’t necessarily like to feel the burn, then Aesop’s alcohol-free mouthwash is for you. Rather than the overpowering minty-ness of most mass options, this natural option balances the spearmint with clove and anise. $25, mrporter.com

Glo Science Glo Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device

Glo Science Glo Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device

Are your chompers looking a bit on the beige side? Skip the in-office professional teeth whitening and get the same results in the comfort of your own home with this easy-to-use device that combines heat and optic waves get the yellow out. $220, birchbox.com

Foreo Issa Toothbrush

Foreo Issa Toothbrush

For those anti-Luddites, consider ditching a basic toothbrush that simple uses bristles to clean your teeth and pick up a high-tech alternative like this sleek looking one that uses Sonic Pulse Technology and silicone bristles to give teeth a deeper clean. $199, foreo.com

Morihata Binchotan Charcoal Toothbrush

Morihata Binchotan Charcoal Toothbrush

Anyone who prefers to stick to a simpler (i.e. self-powered) grooming routine will appreciate these charcoal infused brushes from Japan. The key ingredients won’t blacken your teeth but it will banish bad breath and plaque. $7, needsupply.com

Living Libations Mint + Myrrh Oil Swishing Serum

Living Libations Mint + Myrrh Oil Swishing Serum

By now, you have possibly heard of the throwback phenomenon known as oil pulling. Swishing oil, usually coconut, around in the mouth is a favorite of holistic types for its ability to supposedly reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, and improve acne. Oh, and it’s good for mouth and teeth health. But it can also be pretty gross. This mint and myrhh flavored formula is more palatable than straight up oil. $30, beautyhabit.com