Deck the Halls and Stuff the Stockings - Smiles Dental

Deck the Halls and Stuff the Stockings

It’s the most wonderful time of year! The holiday season is a beautiful time for friends and family, good food and sweet treats. While some of us may have already checked our Christmas lists twice, there is almost always room for a few last-minute stocking-stuffer items. This year our team has put together a list of kid-friendly, healthy and relatively inexpensive gift ideas. Take a look and give the gift of dental health and beautiful smiles this year! Toothbrush Sanitizer and Storage: This item is at the top of our list because of its functionality. The bathroom is a dangerous place for open-air toothbrushes, given that particles from the toilet fly up to six feet every time there is a flush. Gross. Luckily, you can cover and sanitize your toothbrush with a number of different products. Violife makes a toothbrush-sanitizing station that also acts as a toothbrush holder. It fits up to four toothbrushes, so the whole family can enjoy clean toothbrushes! We also like the clip-on sanitizing covers from Steripod. They come in multiple colors and make easy stocking-stuffer gifts! Travel Electric Toothbrush: Yes, this is a real thing, and we couldn’t be more excited about it! Travelling with an electric toothbrush can be cumbersome, especially when the charging station is required. Travel-sized electric toothbrushes provide the same brushing power as your big brush, without all the extra bulk. Violight has designed a Slim Sonic travel toothbrush that is about the size of a mascara case. Size can be deceiving, however, as this toothbrush delivers 22,000 strokes per minute, giving you the best clean while on the road. Bonus! — This toothbrush runs on just one AA battery and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Yes, you want one. Kids Flossers: We all know how difficult it can be to floss every day. Kids in particular have a hard time brushing their teeth every day, let alone flossing. Enter: kid flossers. These are traditional floss picks made kid-friendly. They feature extra-large handles for easy-to-grasp use, and they come in fun shapes and flavors to help encourage kids to use them more often. DenTek has a kid-specific design for their floss heads and can be purchased in large quantities. PlaqueSearch Tablets: A great stocking-stuffer idea for the “non-brusher” in the family is PlaqueSearch plaque-disclosing tabs. These little tablets are used after regular brushing and flossing. After they are chewed, and the mouth is rinsed, the tabs release a two-tone stain that highlights areas that are consistently missed by brushing. The color shows “new” plaque as well as “old” plaque buildup on the teeth. This helps identify the areas that may need a little extra attention in your brushing future. Toothbrush Timer: Are your kids brushing long enough? Dentists recommend that everyone should brush their teeth for at least two minutes, two times per day. Plastic sand timers help kids (and adults) keep track of how long they are brushing their teeth. Typically these timers have sand for two minutes and come in a variety of shapes and colors. Xylitol Gum: This is a product that helps stimulate saliva, freshens breath and fights tooth decay. Xylitol gum is a great stocking-stuffer for kids and adults, especially those with dry mouth concerns. It is typically an all-natural product that contains no aspartame.

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