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December 13, 2021

Q: Are There Good Stocking Stuffers Ideas For My Wishlist?

Stocking stuffers hanging by the chimney with a Christmas tree in the background

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Neatly wrapped presents, plenty of holiday decor and Christmas trees are everywhere, and so are the chocolates, hard candies and cookies. The holidays typically involve an extra dose of sugary treats, making tooth-friendly stocking stuffers excellent gift ideas for your loved ones.

What’s better than giving your friends and family a healthy smile? Here are some suggestions for oral care items for a happy Christmas and to keep your teeth as white as snow.

New Toothbrush

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. Begin the new year by popping a new toothbrush into a stocking or gift bag. If you’re a parent trying to encourage your child to brush regularly, make it fun with themed brushes from their favourite cartoon or movies.

Sugar-Free Gum

Looking for a treat that isn’t bad for your teeth? Consider sugar-free gum. The ADA says chewing sugar-free gum after meals increases saliva production and reduces acid in your mouth. Looking for another benefit to gum? It can serve as a distraction against other unhealthy habits like smoking or nail-biting, which contribute to poor oral health.

White Strips

During the holiday season, do you start the day with a cup of coffee and end it with a glass of red wine? Coffee and red wine stain your teeth over time. Another over-the-counter teeth whitening option to consider is white strips. Compared to professional teeth whitening treatments, white strips are less effective but are inexpensive and whiten your teeth in several shades. Keep in mind white strips only work on your front teeth.

Want more tips on how to whiten your teeth at home? Check out our Ask A Dentist blog.

Dental Chews

Dental care isn’t only for humans. Get your furry friend a chew toy that offers dental benefits this Christmas! Pet owners are always delighted to include their fur babies in fun festivities.

Our team at Dental Image Therapy Centres wishes you and your loved ones a safe and festive holiday season. Do you want to brighten your holiday (and your smile)? Schedule a cleaning appointment or book a consultation for professional teeth whitening at our two Winnipeg clinics located in St. Vital Centre and Garden City Shopping Centre.

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