November 17, 2023
While there may be plenty of presents wrapped and sitting around the Christmas tree this year, it’s often the stockings that family members go for first. When deciding what you will place inside these colorful, oversized socks, you may be looking to veer away from the endless candy supply that normally finds its way in. If you want to give your loved ones better oral health this year, consider these 3 stocking stuffer ideas that will give them a reason to smile.
The Gift of a New Toothbrush
Whether it is your spouse or your child that you are shopping for, adding in a new toothbrush can be a great way to show you care.
When buying for your significant other, consider an updated electric brush that takes the work out of brushing your teeth. With so many options to choose from these days, you can find one that includes a timer, making it easier for them to remember how long they need to brush.
If it’s your little one that you’re buying for, find one with their favorite superhero or princess character. This will get them excited when opening their stocking on Christmas morning. It might even spur them to go in and brush their teeth without you having to tell them!
Non-Mint Flavored Products
This one is most commonly geared toward children, as many seem to dislike the taste of mint. This reality can make it difficult when it comes to maintaining good oral hygiene. However, many companies now produce products with all types of flavors your kids can enjoy.
When searching the aisles for flavored toothpaste, dental floss, or mouthwash, make sure they contain the ADA Seal of Approval and are age-appropriate. Some children may be too young to use mouthwash.
Don’t be afraid to check with your child’s dentist about using various products to ensure that their teeth and gums benefit from the choices you make when buying for their stocking.
Swap Out Candy for Healthier Alternatives
In the past, your loved ones may have reached for their stockings because they were filled with delicious candies and treats. This year, try something new. Instead of mini chocolates and gummies, swap them out for sugar-free gum, flavorful nuts, and even raisins. Not only are these healthier, but they’re also more nutritious and delicious.
You can also add in some dark chocolate if you like, as this is considered less harmful than those made of milk or white chocolate. Just be mindful of how much they eat.
Just because you aren’t filling your family’s stockings with sweets this year doesn’t mean their smiles will diminish. Adding these gifts will not only show them how much you care but also how important it is to take proper care of their teeth and gums this time of year.
About the Author
Dr. Darrick Castleberry is a trusted dentist in Houston who is a graduate of the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. After completing a General Practice Residency with the U.S. Navy, he now oversees a team of professionals at The Castleberry Center. Helping patients gear up for the holidays, he offers tips and tricks to navigate the sweets and starches that often dominate households. If you’re looking for unique gift ideas that will benefit your family’s oral health, visit our website or call (281) 320-9600.
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