A Toothy Stocking Stuffer Brings Smiles
Great news! Santa Claus is coming to town. This means there will be presents under the tree and stockings full of unique gadgets and gizmos that will bring smiles. We know that oral health may be the last thing on your mind when it comes to presents, but there really are some creative and fun toothy items that would be the perfect additions to Christmas stockings. Besides, everyone deserves a chance to better their oral health. Who knows? Maybe it will even help some venture from the Naughty List over to the Nice List. We’ve got you covered, Santa!
Covering the Basics
Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Soft-Picks
Have you ever pulled a toothbrush from your stocking? It’s time to keep the tradition going. We challenge you to go a little extra this year and opt for an electric toothbrush over a manual. Electric toothbrushes tend to clean better than manual brushes, and many will stop after two minutes to ensure brushing for the whole length of time. You can even purchase an electric toothbrush at our office. If an electric toothbrush isn’t your jam, there are plenty of soft-bristled manual brushes that provide colorful and fun options. Don’t forget to grab your kiddo’s favorite character too! For toothpaste, opt for a paste that is considered least abrasive as they are gentler on the teeth. Our go-to for floss? Soft-picks! If you or your loved one has trouble with other flossing methods, these are 100% worth a try as they make for easy flossing.
Toothbrush holders should be cleaned at least every 1-2 weeks. Many of us wait far longer, and sometimes, it may just be best to get a new one. You can find so many fun toothbrush holders that are stylish for adults and colorful for kids. You could find an appropriately-themed Christmas toothbrush holder, a Mickey Mouse holder, or even one that has a fun pattern. Take a look to find one that your loved one may enjoy.
There’s no doubt that hydration is good for your body, but it also serves as a valuable means for healthy teeth. A hydrated body will produce a healthy amount of saliva, which will prevent dry mouth and make it easy for particles to be washed off of your teeth. As a result, water bottles are a great toothy stocking stuffer idea as they encourage water consumption. Just like toothbrushes and holders, there are so many fun designs and patterns to choose from. Many will fit in the stocking, but if you have to add an extra present underneath the tree, we can’t imagine that anyone would be complaining.
Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Toddlers and Kids
Toothy Kids Books
Dental anxiety is an all too real condition for both kids and adults. To help your little one overcome any worries when it comes to dental visits now and in the future, dentist-themed books can really help them stay calm and know what to expect. If Peppa Pig can come to the dentist with a smile, your child might just want to try it out too.
Tooth Fairy Jar or Piggy Bank
The Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus must have paired up when it comes to this stocking stuffer idea. When your kiddo loses a tooth and puts it underneath their pillow, magic happens. Green magic to be more specific. What can your child do to keep track of their earrings from the Tooth Fairy? They can put it inside of their new Tooth Fairy jar or piggy bank that they got in their stocking. This is a great way to prevent your kiddo from losing money and to add up their bucks over time.
Tooth Sand Timer
How long do you need to brush your teeth? Two minutes every session and two times a day, of course! Kids can benefit from learning this early on, and a timer is all that you need to help your little one get their two minutes in. You can get a variety of timers, but if your little one is still learning numbers and time, you can purchase a small tooth sand timer online as a perfect stocking stuffer gift. They come in a variety of colors and designs. Plus, it’s fun to watch as the sand runs out.
Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Teens and Adults
Santa tends to fill stockings to the brim with chocolate. We can make chocolate consumption easier on our teeth with a little saliva production. Sugar-free gum causes your mouth to produce more saliva, which means you lower your risk of developing dry mouth and cavities. Popping in a piece of sugar-free gum after all that yummy chocolate is a great way to help take care of your teeth after eating sweets.
A Family of Smiles
A personalized gift might just be what you need to lift spirits and produce big smiles. From framed family photos to customized photo albums, you’ll have the opportunity to share your favorite family memories with your loved one. If you want to find a wonderful gift that will be treasured forever, a personalized gift is the way to go.
Tooth-Themed Stocking Stuffers
For anyone in your family who loves teeth as much as we do, some stocking ideas include tooth-themed enamel pins, t-shirts, mugs, and socks. Any dental assistant, dental hygienist, or dentist in your home would get a kick out of any tooth-themed stocking stuffers you give. As a dental office, we feel that you don’t need a reason to love teeth either. Teeth help us enjoy all the yummy holiday goodies that come our way. Hey, Santa! You can thank your teeth for helping you enjoy your holiday cookies.
These small stocking stuffer ideas will make holiday shopping just a little easier. Remember, that no oral hygiene routine is complete without a visit to the dentist. We’re here for you this holiday season and beyond.