It may be tradition to stuff stockings with candy and sweet treats, but it’s not much of a gift for your loved ones’ teeth. We’ve rounded up 5 great gift ideas that are fun and cavity-free.
1. Flavor Your Stockings and Party Favors
You’ve probably seen those novelty floss and toothpaste flavors: cupcake, bacon and pickle to name a few. The eyebrow-raising flavors are typically not fluoridated (and therefore not approved by the American Dental Association), so they’re not meant for everyday use. They’re a fun novelty item and a great conversation starter, so give ‘em a taste test – and get the conversation started.
2. Upgrade to Electric
Electric toothbrushes are more than just nice to have. They can actually be more effective than manual brushes – some have sensors that can detect if you are brushing too hard; they can be more effective maneuvering in those notoriously difficult-to-reach places around your teeth and gums, and they can be particularly useful for seniors with arthritis or people with physical disabilities that make it difficult to wield a manual toothbrush. Whether you choose electric or manual, just remember that two minutes is the optimal brushing time.
3. Treats, Minus the Sugary Sweets
You don’t have to eliminate all sweet treats from your gift-giving arsenal. Throw in a few packs of Xylitol gum to help suppress the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Similarly, a few pieces of sugar-free gum or candy will keep the fun factor high but the possibility of cavities low. And remember, chocolate is one of the best sweet treats of all. Moderation is key – one ounce of dark chocolate is considered a serving. For your dental health, limit your snacking to once or twice a day. And don’t forget to brush afterward.
4. Wind it Up
Wind-up, chattering teeth have graced toy store shelves since 1949. Bestow one upon someone who appreciates nostalgia – or introduce a new generation to an old classic.
5. Toothbrushes on Display
Who says toothbrushes have to be stored in plain plastic cups? From a lobster clutching brushes in his claws to tiny tree branches that keep them standing, there are tons of fun ways to keep toothbrushes organized. Just make sure the holder allows for upright storage.
What are your favorite smile-producing gifts for the holidays? Leave us a comment to let us know.