There is never a bad time to give the gift of a healthier smile. Particularly during festive end-of-year activities, many people are indulging in sticky and sugary treats that can be tough on teeth — your loved ones might appreciate a little help to keep their pearly whites in great shape! Here are a few ideas for small gifts — you might call them stocking stuffers — that can promote healthy teeth and gums. Who knows? You might even help someone avoid an emergency dental appointment.
A New Toothbrush
It’s generally recommended that everyone switches to a new toothbrush every 3 months or so. Unfortunately, many people forget. A new toothbrush is a practical gift that usually costs just a few dollars. (Alternatively, you can splurge and get high-end electric toothbrushes for your loved ones.) Whatever type of toothbrush you purchase, make sure it has soft bristles and has been approved by the American Dental Association.
Oral Health-Friendly Snacks
Sugary snacks are everywhere. You can help your loved ones to cut back on their indulgences by giving yummy snacks that are good for oral health (or, at the very least, that will not have a negative impact on oral health). Here are a few ideas:
- Nuts (without a sugary coating)
- Green and black tea
- Sugar-free chewing gum
- Sugar-free candies
A New Water Bottle
Drinking enough water can reduce the risk of cavities, fight bad breath, and prevent dry mouth. A new water bottle can help your loved ones to stay hydrated. You can choose one that features their favorite color or characters. Alternatively, you could opt for one that helps its owner to track their daily water intake. The possibilities are endless!
An Oral Irrigator
Many people find it difficult to floss on a daily basis. An oral irrigator, also known as a water flosser, is not quite as effective as traditional string floss, but it can still help to clean the tight spaces between teeth. It can be especially valuable for someone with mobility issues, such as arthritis, that make it difficult for them to use regular floss. Oral irrigators come at different price points, but you may be able to find a basic one for around $40 or so.
A Tongue Scraper
Maintaining a clean tongue is important for oral health. Sadly, though, many people forget about this part of their smile during their daily mouth routine. A tongue scraper is an inexpensive gift that can remind your friends and family members to keep their tongue as fresh as possible.
Gifts that support oral health are practical and, in most cases, very affordable. For more ideas on how to give your loved ones a healthier smile, ask your dental team or dentist for ideas. They may have some great recommendations!
Meet the Practice
The three dentists at Orbit Dental of Garland are proud to provide a range of services in a welcoming environment. If you have questions about oral health, or you want to learn more about how we serve our patients, we welcome you to contact us at 469-277-2727.