From A Dentist's Perspective: Free Dental Samples And What You Can Do With Them

Posted on: 14 December 2016

Oral hygiene companies approach dentists every day with new products and the opportunity to share these products with their patients. If you are a dentist and you find that you are inundated by free product samples, you may be wondering what to do with them. Most of the sample companies might encourage you to try them yourself, while others are hoping you will give them to patients. Here are a few suggestions of what else you could do with these samples.

Sell the Samples for Pennies on the Dollar

Patients looking for new products to try and who have just had some dental work completed may be willing to try the samples for an extra quarter or fifty cents. Full-size samples of toothpaste could go for seventy-five cents or a dollar. These lesser charges could be added to the patient's bill, and since they are already paying a portion of the bill for their dental care, one could argue that a few extra cents or a dollar really is not that big of a deal to try a new product. Discount dental supplies are a big hit with many patients who are looking to save money on products while paying to protect their teeth.

Toss the Samples into a "Treasure Chest"

The old-school treasure chests that dentists used to keep filled with toys and treats are gone, but you could bring them back with a healthy twist. Instead of toys and treats, toss all of your free samples into the chest. Adults and kids alike could pick and choose the items they want, from free toothbrushes to floss, picks, and toothpaste. If you get free samples of sugar-free and dentist-approved gum or mints, you can toss these samples in too.

Alternative Uses for the Samples

White toothpaste is a good filler for nail holes. Dental floss (the thread kind, not the slippery plastic kind) doubles as fishing line in a tight spot. Mouthwash kills the smell of gasoline on your hands if you accidentally spill gas on them. There are actually several different alternative applications for your free samples, some of which you may not even know about. You could stockpile samples and read up on these alternative uses in your spare time. Otherwise, you could just use the samples in your employee bathroom at the office too, since most of your dental employees should be living examples of good oral health to the patients anyway.