It’s that magical time of the year! Family festivities, delicious meals, and exchanging presents are abundant during the holiday season. As you make your list of gifts to buy for your loved ones, you can include ones that benefit their oral health. Read on for three stocking stuffer gifts that are sure to bring healthy smiles all year round.
#1. An Extra-Ordinary Toothbrush
Gone are the days of ordinary toothbrushes! As with most current things, the products made to brush your teeth have become fun and creative, while still being effective! There are endless toothbrush options for kids and adults alike. For children, you can buy one with their favorite animated character on it and even one that plays music! An engaging toothbrush will make them look forward to brushing every morning and evening. In addition, electric toothbrushes are an excellent choice due to their ease of use, as well as being proven to be more effective at keeping plaque and bacteria at bay.
#2. Fun-Flavored Dental Products
As with toothbrushes, there are so many awesome dental products available now! Children can be reluctant to use oral hygiene products due to basic flavors like mint. As a tasty replacement, you can give them fun-flavored floss, mouthwash, and toothpaste to help them stick to their daily dental routine. There are a variety of delicious flavors to choose from, like bubblegum and fruit punch. Check to make sure the items are fluoridated and have an ADA Seal of Approval.
#3. Healthy (and Delicious!) Snacks
The holidays are so full of special treats like candy and packaged goods that it becomes convenient to use them as little presents in stockings. But healthy options are a great alternative when keeping your loved ones’ oral health in mind. You can toss in nutritious (but delicious!) snacks such as more expensive nuts like macadamia, gourmet pretzels, or sugar-free gum.
Remember the Basics for a Healthy Smile All Year Long
While tooth-friendly gifts are wonderful, nothing replaces a consistent dental routine throughout the whole year. Make it a priority for you and your family to:
- Brush – The most essential part of maintaining healthy teeth is brushing twice daily for at least two minutes.
- Floss – Cleaning food particles from between your teeth with floss (at least once a day) decreases the risk of the buildup of the plaque that leads to cavities. Once your child turns two years old, you can help them implement flossing in their routine.
As you search for unique stocking stuffers, remember the ones that are great for the oral health of your friends and family. A healthy, bright smile is a gift that can last all throughout the year!
About the Author
Dr. Afshin Azmoodeh and his team at Canyon Creek Family Dentistry of Richardson care for you and your loved ones’ smiles throughout every season! He provides a range of dental services, including preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency care. With convenient hours and the use of advanced technology, his main goal is to help you have the healthiest, most beautiful smile possible. To schedule an appointment, contact him through his website or call (972) 644-3800.