It’s that magical time of the year—the holiday season! Family festivities, delicious meals, and exchanging presents are part of the excitement for children and adults alike. As you make your list of gifts to buy for your loved ones, you can include some that will also benefit their oral health! Read on for three stocking stuffer ideas that are sure to bring healthy smiles all year long.
#1. An Extra-Ordinary Toothbrush
The holidays are a wonderful time to gift someone a new toothbrush! For children, you can purchase an entertaining one that plays music or has their favorite movie character on it. There are even toothbrushes with timers on them to challenge them to clean their teeth for the recommended time. Electric toothbrushes are a great present for both children and adults. They are not only fun to use, but they also have been proven to remove cavity-causing plaque just as effectively as regular toothbrushes!
#2. Tasty Dental Products
Want to switch it up from the regular mint flavors found in dental products? You should consider purchasing ones that come in a variety of delicious flavors. Toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash can each be found in sweet flavors like bubblegum or fruit. They’re perfect stocking stuffer ideas for little ones (or adults who are in touch with their inner child!)! Just be sure to verify that the products contain fluoride and have the ADA Seal of Approval.
#3. Deliciously Nutritious Snacks
It’s so easy to throw some hard candies, chocolate, and chips into a stocking. However, treats can wreak havoc on teeth and gums, especially after the splurging that occurs during the festivities. Although they’re certainly tasty, they can increase the risk of cavities and decay. You can switch up the stockings snacks by adding some delicious and nutritious treats, such as gourmet trail mix, low-sugar luxury dark chocolate, or yummy sugar-free gum.
Tips to Maintain a Healthy Smile All Year Long
Taking proper care of your teeth and gums is essential year-round. You can maintain optimal oral health with the following tips:
- Practice good oral hygiene (i.e., brush twice a day, floss daily, rinse every day with an ADA-approved mouthwash)
- Visit your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning
- Maintain a nutritious diet by eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and dairy products
- Avoid harmful dental habits (i.e., smoking, biting fingernails, using teeth as tools)
With these great oral health gift ideas, you are sure to bring healthy and bright smiles all year long to your family and friends.
About the Author
Dr. Daniel Caraveo and his team at Benchmark Family Dental love to help you enjoy strong, shiny, and long-lasting teeth. He provides a range of services, including preventive, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency care. Using the latest technology and giving personalized care, his dental treatments make it possible for you to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile throughout the entire year! To schedule an appointment, contact him through his website or by phone at (254)-547-4866.