- Dental care products can make great stocking stuffers for your whole family.
- Parents can tap into the magic of the season to encourage their kids to practice good oral care. Remember, Santa is watching!
- Mind what you eat and drink this holiday season because a lot of holiday foods have a lot of sugar or are highly acidic and can affect your teeth.
It’s the most wonderful time of year! Pretty packages, plenty of lights, and Christmas trees are everywhere, but so are chocolates, hard candies, fudge, and cookies. The holidays usually involve an extra dose of sugary sweets, so oral care items can make excellent gifts for your family and friends.
Not convinced? Read on to see how dental gifts can make your family smile this holiday season.
Start a New Tradition for Family Stocking Stuffers
Unique stocking stuffers are big business every year, but what usually happens to the baubles and trinkets you purchase? They often end up on the trash bin or lost in the shuffle of wrapping paper and packaging. Isn’t it time to rethink your stocking stuffers?
There are plenty of tooth-friendly alternatives that will not just make your family smile, they’ll help protect those pearly whites. You can create a fun family tradition and over time, your kids will come to expect their new toothbrushes. They might even pass the tradition on to their kids.
Oral Care Stocking Stuffers for Younger Children
Building a good oral care routine starts at a young age, and part of good oral care is swapping out your toothbrush regularly. Starting the new year with a new toothbrush can be fun and it’s a great stocking stuffer for kids. You can also create a small kit with flavored toothpaste and dental floss.
Additionally, with younger children, you can use the magic of the season to influence your kids to focus on good oral care. With all of the extra sweets, later hours, and so much excitement, it can be easy to neglect oral care. However, the holidays also give you plenty of opportunity to encourage better oral care habits.
- Santa is always watching and that means he sees how often and how well your kiddos are brushing their teeth. You may want to remind your kids from time to time.
- Does your family have an Elf on the Shelf? Not only is your Elf a spy for Santa, they can also encourage good habits. Some Elves on the Shelf really get into oral care.
- How does Rudolph take care of his teeth? Striking up a conversation about how different holiday favorites handle oral care can be entertaining and encouraging for your kids.
Dental-themed Stocking Stuffers for Teens
Once your kid crosses into those teenage years, many of your tricks will be rendered useless. This doesn’t mean that dental hygiene gifts won’t be expected or appreciated, you may just have to approach them a bit differently.
- Maybe it’s time for your teen to graduate to a newer toothbrush, perhaps their first electric toothbrush?
- Sleepovers and overnight camps are a big deal for teens, so a stylish overnight kit makes for a cool stocking stuffer.
- Get them a mouthwash you know they like, especially if it’s not the one you usually buy for your family to use. It’s a great way to let them know you hear them and encourage them to care for their teeth.
Dental Gifts for Adults
You don’t want to leave out the adults in your life! If they don’t use an electric toothbrush already, that could make a thoughtful gift. There are also dental care subscription boxes that allow recipients to choose some of their own things (like toothbrush color and toothpaste flavor.
Have you been eyeing the new smart toothbrushes? Maybe it’s the time to invest in a cool new toothbrush for the special adults in your life. You can always pick up one for yourself while you’re at it!
Don’t Neglect Your Teeth Over the Holidays
Holiday sweets are some of the most delectable morsels available to humans. It’s the time of year when we humans go wild with food and drink. Between office parties and family get-togethers, it’s impossible to a smorgasbord. Just remember to mind your teeth so you don’t end up regretting in the new year ahead.
- Enjoy some holiday treats, but be mindful of your teeth when you do. If you can’t brush right away, at least drink water to help wash away the excess sugars and food debris.
- Limit the alcohol because most alcoholic drinks come with downsides for your teeth. Whether they’re sugary sweet or highly acidic, you want to limit their effects and take extra care of your teeth after partaking.
- Schedule a dental check-up. It’s a great way to use dental benefits before the end of the year and make sure your smile is camera-ready for pictures!
The team at Jefferson Dental Care hopes you and your family will have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. If you’re in need of a little holiday magic, contact the clinic nearest you to schedule a check-up and professional teeth cleaning.