The decorations are up, the tree is lit, and the stockings are hung with care – but finding small gifts to fill those stockings can be tough, especially as the shopping days dwindle. Stuck for ideas on how to stuff your family’s stockings this year? There are plenty of great gifts that will help encourage better oral health in fun, engaging ways. Give the gift of better health this year with these great last-minute stocking stuffers!
Miniature bottles of mouthwash
Rinsing with a mouthwash is an important part of oral health that often gets pushed to the wayside. Mouthwash eliminates bad breath, reduces and controls plaque buildup, and prevents long-term oral health issues such as gingivitis. Choose a few travel size mouthwashes to ensure that your family members always have easy access to mouthwash, no matter where they are throughout the day.
A toothbrush is an essential oral hygiene tool – but it isn’t always easy to get kids excited about using their toothbrush as often as they should. In fact, 75 percent of parents struggle to get their children to brush their teeth more than once a day. Get them excited about brushing by picking out a toothbrush in a bright, fun color, or with their favorite cartoon characters!
Fun toothbrush flavors
Most adults prefer minty toothpaste, but that can be a tough sell when it comes to getting kids to brush. Make this Christmas their opportunity to discover new and exciting toothpaste flavors! Crest Kids carries strawberry and bubblegum flavors, and you can get chocolate or vanilla from Tanner’s Tasty Paste. You may be surprised at how much easier it is to get your kids brushing on a regular basis when they can use a kid-friendly, flavored toothpaste.
You might be surprised to learn that not all gum is bad for your teeth – in fact, chewing sugar-free gum can actually help support better oral health! This is because sugar-free gum stimulates saliva production, which keeps your mouth moist and washes away bad bacteria and food particles. Even better, chewing sugar-free gum after a meal or a snack can help neutralize the acid that is released by plaque, encouraging stronger and healthier enamel.
Reusable straws are not only environmentally friendly, but they also encourage better oral health. By using a straw for coffee and carbonated beverages, you are reducing the amount of contact between your teeth and acidic drinks, protecting from enamel erosion and bacteria buildup. Straws also help keep teeth whiter for longer, particularly with beverages that are prone to produce staining (such as wine or coffee).
Flossing regularly has a huge impact on oral health. It keeps gums healthy by stimulating blood flow, removes food particles, scrapes away bacteria, and fights back against plaque buildup. Instill good flossing habits at home by adding dental floss, disposable flossers, or even electric flossers in your family’s stockings this year! You may even want to give flavored dental floss a try: mint-flavored floss can give teeth an extra boost of freshness, combating bad breath throughout the day.
After the stockings are emptied, presents unwrapped, and the decorations stored away, don’t forget to schedule your 2021 dental appointment with Steger Smiles! We’ll help you welcome in the new year with expert dental care, guidance, and tailored recommendations for maximum oral health.