The holiday season has arrived! It’s easy for your friends and family to get caught up in the holiday spirit and neglect their tooth health. Good dental health can help improve the body’s overall health and well-being. As a health-conscious gift giver, you want to help your loved ones keep those pearly whites happy and strong. These five stocking stuffers for healthy teeth are sure-fire ways to have the best smile in the new year.
1. Themed toothbrush
Buying new toothbrushes often slips parents’ minds. Encouraging little ones to brush their teeth can be a difficult task. Giving them a fun, themed toothbrush may change their attitude toward daily brushing. Many people don’t realize that toothbrushes need to be changed every three to four months. Be the best giver and buy one for parents and their children!
There are hundreds of themed toothbrushes to choose from. There are even toothbrushes that light up and sing! This stocking stuffer will make toothbrushing a fun and enjoyable experience. Wooden toothbrushes are also a good option to help prevent plastic waste.
2. Reusable straws
Reusable straws can help improve oral health. When you drink with a straw, the drink doesn’t touch your teeth, which prevents plaque from building up. These straws can be used for either hot or cold drinks. You can also wash and reuse the straws and bring them everywhere you go. Stainless steel straws are the most popular kind of reusable straw because of their durability. But, be careful. Clamping down on stainless steel straws can chip or crack a tooth. Bamboo straws are another great option. They are also great for the environment.
3. Flavoured toothpaste and floss
This stocking stuffer will add some flavour to anyone’s mornings and nights. Brushing your teeth daily for two minutes is the recommended amount of time to keep your teeth strong. Tasting the same flavour every day can get boring. Did you know that for many years, the only flavour of toothpaste available was mint? Although it is still the most popular flavour, there is a large variety of choices now. Some of the most loved flavours are bubblegum and cherry. You can even buy a floss flavour to match or have different flavours.
4. Travel toothbrush case
A travel toothbrush case is a perfect gift for your friend who is always on the go. When travelling, you’ll want to make sure that the toothbrush is kept separate from non-oral items to prevent it from getting dirty. A travel case can also include a mini floss, a mini toothbrush, and mini mouthwash. You can even find toothbrush cases that match suitcases for a fashionable pairing.
5. Sugar-free chewing gum
Chewing gum is one of the most popular candies. Although your tongue may enjoy the sugar, your teeth don’t. The sugar in this sweet treat is damaging for your teeth. When sugar is left in your mouth after eating, the molecules leave plaque on your teeth. The plaque build-up dissolves tooth enamel and leads to cavities. Sugar-free chewing gum will give you the sweet taste that you crave without damaging your teeth. In fact, chewing gum can actually improve your tooth health! Sugar-free chewing gum stimulates saliva to build in your mouth. The saliva helps get rid of food and bacteria, strengthen the teeth, and even prevent cavities.