Are Christmas cookies a part of your holiday tradition? Do you have an annual day of baking delicious treats with recipes passed down from generations before you? If peppermint bark, chocolate fudge, iced sugar cookies, hot cocoa or spiced cider are just a few of your favorite splurges, then indulge us for a moment. We aren’t here to act like a Grinch attempting to steal your Christmas traditions and holiday treats. But, we do encourage you to include dental care treats and tools on your gift list, too. Take care of your family by providing them with delicious holiday goodies as well as reminding them of the importance of oral hygiene. The list we’ve prepared for you is sure to be a treat for its recipient whether it’s a big gift or a stocking stuffer.
Big Gift Ideas
If you’re having difficulty finding the “perfect gift” for the person who has everything, this list is for you. In many cases, a high-end dental tool is a gift that someone would not purchase for themselves, but might enjoy receiving. This list is arranged from most expensive to least expensive and is sure to bring a smile.
Oral-B Electric Toothbrush Professional Care Smartseries 5000: A toothbrush that changes everything. It includes five cleaning modes, a sensor to alert you if you’re brushing too hard, and the promise to remove 99.7% of plaque. ($214.99)
Invisalign: An innovative way to get straighter teeth and have a more confident smile ($50/mo-$200/mo)
Sonicare Electric Toothbrush: This toothbrush is known for being gentle on your gums while effectively removing plaque and reducing stains. ($69.00-$129.99)
WaterPik Water Flosser: A cordless water flosser that removes plaque and debris faster and easier than traditional flossing. ($39.99-99.99)
Quip Oral Hygiene Subscription: This unique electric toothbrush comes with mint toothpaste and a dual wall mount/travel case. Every three months, you’ll get a refill at your front door. (Starter set for $40.00)
Opalescence Tooth Whitening System: A trusted system with brilliant, long-lasting results. Because it includes prescription-strength whitening gel, this entire process will be overseen by your dentist. Contact our offices for more information.
Stocking Stuffer Ideas
If you’ve already finished shopping for your wrapped gifts and are looking for stocking stuffers, this list is for you. It’s time to be creative, practical, and helpful. Rather than filling your kids’ stockings with more sugar, these items will let their teeth know they made the nice list, too.
A Colorful Toothbrush: Choose a toothbrush that is bright, colorful, and even has your child’s favorite character. Many companies, like Colgate, make Transformer, Dora the Explorer, and Spongebob Squarepants themed toothbrushes.
Dental Floss: As you prepare to ring in the new year, make a challenge for the whole family to floss every day.
A Toothbrush Case: Find a plastic toothbrush case in your child’s favorite color to use on family vacations or a sleepover party at a friend’s house.
A New Toothpaste Flavor: Many kids prefer something other than mint. Find a watermelon or bubble gum flavored toothpaste to bring new excitement to their tooth brushing routine.
You can always skip the sugar and add healthy treats like dried fruit, dark chocolate covered nuts, or fruit leather. Include a fun toy like a bouncy ball, deck of cards, or jar of slime. Replenish school supplies such as a notebook and colored pencils rather than candy bars.
As you make family goals and plan for 2019, be sure to include a routine cleaning. Anderson & Atkins, DDS is a family and cosmetic dentistry in the Bryan-College Station area prepared to meet the dental needs of everyone in your family. Call our office at (979) 846-1813 to schedule an appointment.