From chocolate-covered toffee to peppermint candies, many popular stocking stuffer gifts have something in common: they are loaded with sugar. Since the last few weeks of the year are already packed with Halloween candy, pumpkin pie, eggnog, and the like, it’s a good idea to opt for smile-friendly alternatives in order to stay on your dentist’s nice list. With this in mind, read on for five stocking stuffer ideas that won’t leave your loved ones with a mouthful of cavities heading into 2024!
1. Sugar-Free Gum
Regular chewing gum can contain anywhere from 2-5 grams of sugar depending on the brand. At first, that might not seem like much. However, it adds up, especially during a season filled with peppermint mochas, candy canes, and other sweet treats. That’s why it’s best to gift the sugar-free variety; it will help keep your loved one’s breath fresh and their smiles healthy!
2. A New Toothbrush
Every three to four months, you’re supposed to change your toothbrush. After all, frayed, used bristles won’t be able to effectively remove plaque and tartar! If you’re looking for a gift for a niece or nephew, then consider getting one that has their favorite character on it. If you’re looking for a friend, partner, or parent, then opt for an electric one instead!
3. A Gift Certificate
Gift certificates are a great stocking stuffer because they are small in size but have a large impact. Plus, you can tailor it completely to the interest of the person you’re buying for! Whether it’s to their favorite store so they can go shopping after the holidays or it’s to their dentist so they can pursue their smile goals, they are sure to love it.
4. Dark Chocolate
If the loved one you’re shopping for has a sweet tooth, don’t worry – you don’t have to completely avoid treats entirely. In fact, dark chocolate is a great option because it’s low in sugar and high in antioxidants. So, they can enjoy several pieces without hurting their teeth and gums!
5. Flavored Toothpaste
When shopping for themselves, your friends and family probably just buy whichever toothpaste they always purchase. Why not instead gift them a fun-flavored toothpaste, like bubble gum or bacon? It’s sure to get a good laugh; just make sure the one you pick is approved by the ADA!
About the Doctor
Dr. Justin Geller has been helping patients in Novi smile for well over 20 years now, and he’s as passionate as ever about providing those in his treatment chair with top-tier care! As for his studies, he attended Michigan State University and the University of Detroit before starting his lifelong commitment to continuing education. If you have any questions for Dr. Geller about your oral health, or you need to schedule your next appointment, don’t hesitate to visit his website or call (248) 926-4030.