40 Sugarless Stocking Stuffers in Gilbert, AZ

December 19th, 2018 by

sugarless stocking stuffers in Gilbert, AZ

For most people, sugar is a normal part of the holidays. We bake cookies, cakes, pies, and other yummy goodies. We add sugar into savory recipes to enhance the taste. We splurge on that sugary drink while we’re out shopping. We even grab sugary treats and include them as stocking stuffers for kids and adults alike. Our staff at Lifetime Family dental hates to be the spoilsport, but eating sugary foods can be problematic for your teeth and gums. So if you’re looking for sugarless stocking stuffers in Gilbert, AZ, or for that matter, anywhere, we’ve got some alternative suggestions for you.

Sugar isn’t all it’s Cracked Up to Be

You might think we’re harping on the subject, but after all . . . we’re dentists with clinical evidence about how that sugar could rob you of your dental health! Sugar is a carbohydrate in the fermentable carbohydrate family. While other carbs break down in your tummy, fermentable carbs (including sugars, breads, cereals) start breaking down in your mouth. This process is what makes sugar a primary offender when it comes to creating cavities. Sugar quickly turns to acid, and in a short time (5-20 minutes), your mouth can be an acidic minefield that soon begins to erode your enamel, which is your teeth’s primary source of protection. That’s one reason we stress brushing your teeth after eating, to restore the PH balance of your mouth and protect your teeth.

Sugarless Stocking Stuffers

With that brief introduction on the harmful effects of sugar, we’d like to suggest ideas for stocking stuffers that aren’t made of sugar. Here are some thoughtful ideas for Mom, Dad, the kids, or anyone on your shopping list.

For Mom:

  • Fragrant essential oils
  • Unique soaps
  • Hand or body lotions
  • Lip balm to soothe dry Winter lips
  • A small pack of everyday thank you cards
  • A scarf
  • A pair of cute, warm socks
  • Coffee or special teas
  • Perfume
  • Nail polish

For Dad:

  • A tie clip for the businessman Dad
  • A pair of warm gloves
  • A scarf
  • A shoe polishing kit
  • A wallet
  • A handkerchief
  • Socks
  • Aftershave

For Kids:

  • A book
  • Small cars/trucks
  • Hairbands and barrettes
  • Fun, colorful socks
  • Small stuffed animals
  • Puppets
  • Puzzles of all varieties
  • Silly Putty or Play Dough
  • Jar of bubbles
  • New Crayons and/or coloring book
  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Baseball trading cards

For anyone:

  • A Flash drive or two
  • A pocket flashlight
  • A Cell phone case
  • Xylitol gum (xylitol helps fight bacteria in the mouth!)
  • A cup or mug
  • Small craft kits
  • A new water bottle for when they’re out of the house
  • Deck of Cards
  • Unique night light
  • Mini French Coffee Press

We Wish You A Wonderful, Healthy Holiday Season

This list is just for starters. If you’re still stumped for ideas, try going to a craft store, a toy store, or a department store and walking around to get your creative juices flowing. And if you do eat sugary treats for the holidays, be sure to brush, floss, and rinse shortly afterward. Wherever you spend your holidays, our staff at lifetime Family Dental in Gilbert, AZ, hopes they’re enjoyable and magical!

 

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