Give Toothbrushes and Floss as Stocking Stuffers
One fun way to make oral health a priority in your family this holiday season is by using dental inspired stocking stuffers. If you have young children, get toothbrushes of their favorite cartoon characters to put in their stockings with fun flavored toothpaste and floss! These goodies will help them have a little more fun with their daily oral hygiene routine. It’s also a great way to teach your family that good oral health is a gift.
Gift Someone an Electric Toothbrush or WaterPik
Kids might not get excited about an electric toothbrush as a holiday gift, but most adults will appreciate them. If you’re not sure what to gift someone this year, or you’re participating in a white elephant or secret Santa gift exchange, an electric toothbrush is a great gift to give. Once someone uses a good electric toothbrush for the first time, they will never want to go back to a manual toothbrush ever again. Electric toothbrushes can help users get a much better clean in their mouths than with a manual toothbrush.
Another great gift to give this holiday season is a WaterPik or water flosser. This is ideal for someone you know who hates using floss or doesn’t floss at all. Before you think that giving a toothbrush or water flosser as a gift is insulting, don’t. Giving these items as a gift shows that you care about their health and want them to enjoy their daily routine. Once someone gets an electric toothbrush or WaterPik, they will wonder how they ever lived without it.
Eat Candy Canes in Moderation
You and your family might feel tempted to suck on a candy cane every day for the next month, but we encourage you not to. Candy canes are hard candy which means that they take forever to eat. As a result, your teeth come into contact with sugar for an extended period at a time. It’s even worse if you’re the type of person who bites down on their candy cane. Biting a candy cane can damage your teeth since it’s too hard to chew. If you do feel the need to eat candy canes this holiday season, try to eat them in moderation and do your best not to bite down on them. Also, make sure to brush your teeth afterward to get the harmful sugar off your teeth.
Switch From Soda to Sparkling Water
Soda is filled with sugar and acid which can harm your teeth and cause tooth decay. Make the switch this holiday season from soda to still or sparkling water. Although sparkling water still has higher acidity than still water, it doesn’t contain sugar which can help your oral health. Today, there are tons of flavored sparkling waters to choose from that come with the carbonation you crave without the calories and sugar.