Finding the perfect stocking stuffers for your family can be difficult, especially if you’re looking to stay away from candy and other types of sugar. You want their smiles to remain healthy and free of cavities, but what kind of gifts will spur excitement when it’s time to pour out the contents to see what is inside? To help alleviate some of the stress, here are 3 unique ideas that will leave your family smiling.
Treat Their Teeth to a New Toothbrush
No matter if you’re buying for children or adults, a new toothbrush is always a great gift to put in one’s stocking. Because it is important that toothbrushes be swapped out every 3-4 months to avoid bacterial buildup and virus transmission, this can be an ideal time to gift one to someone you love.
If you’re buying for a child, this can also be a great opportunity to introduce them to an electric toothbrush – one that dons their favorite superhero or princess.
Add in some flavored toothpaste and fun and easy-to-use flossers, and you can expect to see a larger-than-life smile on the day of the big reveal.
Give Them Sugar-Free Gum
You can’t go wrong in giving the gift of sugar-free gum. These packets can be easily kept in drawers at work, purses, backpacks, pockets, and even in the car.
With an abundance of flavors to choose from, you can feel comfortable knowing that your family is enjoying a treat that contains no sugar, so the risk of cavities and tooth decay is significantly reduced.
Also, another advantage to sugar-free gum is its ability to keep saliva production moving, as this flushes out harmful particles and keeps mouths from becoming dry.
Gift Them with Dental Services
If your spouse, best friend, sister, mother, or another family member or friend has mentioned how unhappy they are with their smile, consider giving them a gift certificate that can be used toward one or more dental services.
Whether it is for teeth whitening treatments, cosmetic dental bonding, or another aesthetic-friendly service, this can be a great way to show them how much you care.
Don’t give in to the sugar-filled stocking stuffers that stores push out. Instead, opt for healthier options that will give your loved ones the best chance to welcome the new year with healthier smiles.
About the Author
Dr. Edward J. Dooley is a well-respected dentist who attended the College of the Holy Cross for his undergraduate degree. He then went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine to achieve his Doctor of Dental Medicine. Dr. Dooley is a veteran of the United States Navy, serving from 1982-1985. He and his team at Dooley Dental want you to enjoy the holidays without worrying about the possibility of cavities. If you are looking for ways to reduce the sugary treats that are commonly found in stockings this time of year, contact us via our website or by calling (732) 974-2288.