It’s that time of year again — red-nosed reindeer, Santa, strings of twinkling lights, and — for many of us — the question of what gifts to give?
Giving gifts, at Christmas time or anytime, can be a fun and rewarding experience, particularly if you choose just the right gift.
And while we often say that it is the thought that counts, in fact it is far better to give someone a gift they can use and enjoy.
Finding a great gift for a family member or friend often boils down to choosing between frivolous items, ranging from socks and ties to video games and knick-knacks.
But this year, we can all do better by considering gifts that help support your dental health and smile.
If someone on your Christmas list could use the gift of dental health, Alex Bratic Dental Care just might have the perfect idea of something to give them.
And always remember, if you see something on this list you like, you can give it to yourself!
For your convenience, we will organise these suggestions by age.
Good for everyone!
Two gifts that are useful for pretty much everyone are water-flossers and electric toothbrushes. More effective than their manual counterparts, more fun, and often featuring cool bells and whistles (like timers to make sure you clean your mouth for as long as you are supposed to), these are great all-purpose gifts.
But they are also particularly useful for the very young, senior citizens, and people with braces or dental bridges. Water-flossers and electric toothbrushes can be found at any pharmacy, shopping mall, or online.
Gifts for youngsters
Interactive toothbrushes. Between 4–7 kids learn how to brush their teeth without help. And children learn better when they are excited and interested.
With interactive toothbrushes, this is possible! These brushes can sing/play songs and teach how long to brush each area of the mouth. It’s an interactive experience that is both fun and proper training.
“Fun” dental tools. To make the job of brushing more fun, consider giving toothpaste that comes in different flavours and colours, as well as fun floss picks. The more fun a child has keeping their mouth healthy, the better their dental health is likely to be.
Gifts for teens
Water flosser (again!). The teen years often include braces, and with braces come a set of new dental problems. Here, a water-flosser is an excellent gift as it can get into the nooks and crannies created by traditional braces, with no worry about floss getting snagged or tangled.
Mouthguards for the young athlete. Whether a child plays a contact sport on the field or in the gym, it is essential to protect their teeth. Mouthguards are the answer to this need.
Nowadays, mouth guards come with many options including glitter, fangs, and team colours and logos. Custom designed mouthguards from Alex Bratic Dental Care are most protective, most comfortable, and most likely to be regularly used.
Gifts for adults
Dental hygiene travelling kit. A travel dental hygiene kit is a fantastic gift for anyone who travels for work or pleasure. Travel dental kits should include travel-sized toothbrushes and toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash. Kits come in various sizes and prices and can be found at nearly any retail store or drugstore.
Look for a kit with plastic zip pouches to prevent spills or leakage Travel dental hygiene kits contain everyday essentials, and at Christmas time, many come in festive colours and prints.
Tooth whitening. This is an extremely thoughtful gift with a long-term payoff. Alex Bratic offers a gentle, supervised take-home kit approach. Give this gift and the lucky recipient will visit our office once, then go home with a 10-day program for whiter teeth and a more stunning smile!
Gifts for seniors
As we age our teeth, coordination, and dental treatments can change. Water-flossers and electric toothbrushes are great for seniors with flexibility or mobility issues. Some older folks wear dentures, which can make fixative or denture cleaner a convenient gift or stocking stuffer.
If you don’t want to give dental products as gifts for Christmas, give them as stocking stuffers instead. Here are a few stocking stuffers that promote good dental and oral health for kids (and people) of all ages!
- Choose chocolate candy over sticky candies
- Sugar-free gum
- Pretzels or fish crackers in mini packages
- Small containers of floss
- Disclosing tablets (to indicate where brushing and flossing might have missed)
Comfort, Convenience, and Excellent Care at Alex Bratic Care
Alex Bratic Dental Care in Beenleigh delivers the very best in dental services to patients of all ages. If you, your child, or a family member needs a smile fix or just a checkup, we’re here for you!
Alex Bratic Dental Care is located on City Road near the Pacific Motorway near Beenleigh Station, with convenient public transport nearby and free onsite parking.
Call (07) 3287 2627 or visit us at 113 City Road in Beenleigh.