Dental Stocking Stuffers: Part One
FINDING SMALL GIFTS to include in your loved one’s stocking requires some strategy. It has to because as any “filler” of a stocking knows, those tiny items can often come with a hefty price tag. Lucky for you, your dentist created a list of inexpensive, yet practical, filler ideas. Maybe these gifts will encourage your dental-defiant friends and family to establish additional healthy habits.
Toothbrushes (ALWAYS soft bristles)
- Manual toothbrushes need to be replaced every 3-4 months. Why not invest in enough brushes to last your friend a year or two? If you’re really feeling helpful, you could print out a calendar (or buy one). Highlight every third month so that he knows when to bring out the next toothbrush.
- One year I was given a box of cologne samples. The idea was to try all of the scents and then return to the store to receive a full-size version of my favorite scent. Why not apply the same concept to toothbrushes? You could give your family member different brands/types of toothbrushes with an additional couple of dollars so that once she decides which brush she likes best, she can return and buy her favorite.
- I’ve given our nieces and nephews toothbrushes imprinted with cartoon characters. Other brushes spin, sparkle, and some even light up. When our daughter had very little hair, my wife and I used a new toothbrush as her baby hairbrush. It worked like a charm.
- Our children like to use toothbrushes that look like Crayola markers with a suction cup base. Along those lines, you can pair a child-friendly toothpaste that looks like your squeezing toothpaste out of a big Crayola crayon. We posted a picture on our Facebook page if you’d like to see what they look like.
- If your family members have electric toothbrushes, replacement heads are often appreciated. While sometimes costly, cost surplus stores sell packages of the replacements in larger quantities. You could buy one package, split them up, and distribute them amongst the family.
- Try flavored floss. ADA approved brands come in a variety of flavors like the classic mint. While I do not endorse these products, I recently came across a website that sells bacon and cupcake-flavored floss. I prefer the minty-fresh feeling, but to each his own.
- Electric flossers and floss threaders are an excellent idea for the individual who says he cannot reach his back teeth with floss. These are also helpful for older family members or those who have limited dexterity in their hands.
- Who doesn’t love samples? Mouth rinses come in a variety of brands and flavors. You could put together a trio of rinses for your gift recipient to try.
- Do you remember those pink tablets you chewed on as a child to see how well you cleaned your mouth? Plaque disclosing tablets are still available. Although you may not buy them for yourself, I bet you would use them if someone gave them to you just to test your own progress.