Those who celebrate Christmas are familiar with the tradition of placing small gifts in a stocking. This tradition comes from the legend of St. Nicholas, who heard of a poor man who couldn’t afford a wedding dowry for his three daughters. So Nicholas secretly tossed a bag of gold into the man’s house, where it landed in a stocking that was drying by the fireplace. Nicholas repeated the charitable act two more times, until the man had enough money to enable all three daughters to be wed. Fortunately, you don’t need a bag of gold to stuff a stocking. Here are just a few ideas for practical and economical stocking stuffers for this holiday season!
- Dental Floss
- Tongue Scraper
- Toothpaste Clamp
- Sugar-Free Chewing Gum
- The Traditional Orange
For those who don’t like to floss, this is a perfect opportunity to offer encouragement. Consider stuffing the stocking with a variety of string flosses and floss picks, which will give the recipient the opportunity to discover the one that works best for them.
Tongue scrapers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and work by removing food particles and bacteria as they are pulled from the back to front of the tongue. Many people like the way it makes the tongue feel after use, and believe it helps prevent bad breath. It can also be rather fun to use!
In the past, getting that last bit of toothpaste out of the tube was almost impossible. But not anymore! With a toothpaste clamp, you can stop wasting toothpaste once and for all. This simple device slips over the end of the tube and squeezes out every last bit of toothpaste as it is pushed down toward the opening. And toothpaste clamps work on other tubes, too, so you can use them for lotions and other household products that are packaged in a tube.
The act of chewing sugar-free gum produces saliva, which helps keep gums hydrated, remineralize tooth enamel, and clear out food debris. If uncertain about which chewing gum to choose, just look for the ADA seal of approval. There are a variety of sugar substitutes used to flavor sugarless chewing gums that do not cause decay. Some gums are sweetened with xylitol, which is unique in that it actually prevents decay by inhibiting the growth of cavity-causing bacteria. It also may aid in teeth remineralization.
Oranges have long been a popular stocking stuffer. This tasty fruit represents the spirit of giving, because the segments of an orange can be easily separated and shared with others. They also contain vitamin C, which promotes healthy gums! Just encourage the recipient to drink plenty of water when enjoying their orange to prevent its acid from damaging their tooth enamel.
Happy Holidays From True Dental!
Our team here at True Dental wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season. If you have any dental issues or are just due for a cleaning or checkup in the New Year don’t hesitate to contact us.Contact Us