Stocking stuffers are fun to shop for, but it’s also a good opportunity to tuck in some gifts that will keep your loved one’s smiles healthy all year round, and healthier smiles are a great confidence builder. Here are a few gifts to tuck into those stockings this year:
New Toothbrush: Nothing feels better than using a new toothbrush to get rid of oral bacteria and food particles that can lead to cavities. They need to be replaced every 3 to 4 months, or when the bristles are frayed and losing their shape (and effectiveness). Soft bristles protect sensitive gums and the toothbrush of choice should be easy to or electric can help your loved ones achieve a healthier smile!
Flossing Tools: Flossing gets rid of tooth particles stuck between teeth for healthier gums and teeth. A gift of flossing options is a great gift that can boost your loved one’s smile! You can choose dental floss, flossing sticks for children or older people on your list who have trouble maneuvering dental tape, or an oral irrigator that does the work for them!
Travel Size Toothpaste: To encourage brushing after eating out, it’s nice to have a small toothbrush and toothpaste on hand to tuck into a purse, pocket or backpack when away from home.
Sugar-Free Gum: Gum sweetened with Xylitol is better for teeth than chewing on candy canes or chocolate gold coins and other fun holiday treats. Sugar-free gum benefits teeth by stimulating healthy saliva levels which naturally wash away oral debris throughout the day. Saliva also balances oral acid levels that could lead to plaque buildup, inviting cavities.
Be sure to tuck some tooth-friendly gifts into those holiday stockings to encourage a healthier smile all year round. Dr. Jerry Butler and our team in Boone, North Carolina, wish you and your family a healthy holiday season!