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This Christmas when you are buying your loved ones gifts to fill their stockings, in addition to the usual stocking stuffers, consider gifts that will improve their dental health. What could be better than giving the gift of a clean and bright smile!  Here are some suggestions of gifts to give that will have lasting effects throughout the year.

Travel Kits

Holidays are a prime time to travel to visit loved ones, whether for a weekend or a longer vacation.  Anyone would appreciate a gift that makes packing their suitcase lighter. A travel kit with travel size toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss and mouthwash, is a great way to ensure that you maintain good oral hygiene on the road. Many of these items are prepacked at the store or can be individually purchased.

Chewing Gum

The American Dental Association (ADA) says chewing gum is a benefit to your overall oral health because it will increase the flow of saliva in your mouth.  The increased saliva helps neutralize left over acids from food, which helps prevent tooth decay. Chewing sugar free gum is a great way to freshen your breath after a big Christmas dinner and makes a great stocking stuffer!   Make sure to look for sugar free gum that has the ADA seal of approval on the package.

Fun Toothpaste Flavor

Pick a unique flavor of toothpaste when looking for fun stocking stuffers.  Skip the standard bubble gum or minty flavors, and go for something different like coffee, champagne, bacon, cupcake or Oreo! These unique flavors will be good for a laugh and fun to use.  Most of the crazy flavors can be purchased on Amazon, since your local store may not carry these items.

Brand New Toothbrush

Start the holiday season bright with a brand new toothbrush.  Everyone loves getting a new one, and it will help get your children excited about brushing their teeth during the holidays. There are a wide variety of fun options, including character toothbrushes, ones that play music or light up. Make sure to choose soft-bristled brushes that are the appropriate size for children or adults.

Take Home Whitening Kits

We offer take home whitening kits that make great stocking stuffers, for those family members looking to brighten their smile. If used correctly, your loved one should see significant results in just a few weeks. Over the counter white strips may be a good option, although not as effective in whitening your smile as a whitening kit.  They are less costly and will whiten your teeth several shades fairly quickly.


Dr. Melchers, his family, and staff wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We are here to help address any of your dental health issues and decide the best course of treatment for their patients.  Contact us at info@oldmtpleasantdentistry.com to see how we can best meet your dental care needs.