December 9, 2021
It’s officially December, and do you know what that means? Christmas is right around the corner! If you’re a parent, one of the highlights of the holiday is watching your little ones open presents and sort through their stocking stuffer goodies. Although candy and other treats are often found in stockings, they can negatively affect oral health. Fortunately, many fun non-candy goodies can help your child avoid dental problems down the line. Read on as a children’s dentist in Midland shares a few ideas that will leave your loved ones smiling.
Christmas is the perfect time to gift your child a brand-new toothbrush! Since there are a seemingly endless number of options in stores, you should have no problem finding one that your child will like. You can purchase one that has their favorite character on it, plays music, or even something in between. All you have to do is choose one that you know your child will enjoy using every morning and evening. If possible, opt for an electric toothbrush. They’re fun and proven to be more effective at helping little ones properly brush their teeth!
Fun Dental Products
Most children are reluctant to use dental products because of the minty flavor. Luckily, you can buy fun-flavored toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash to encourage your little ones to clean their teeth more regularly. With choices like bubblegum and fruit punch, they’ll be excited to practice their oral hygiene routine! While shopping for products, make sure they contain fluoride and have an ADA Seal of Approval. If your child is under two, ask your dentist for toothpaste recommendations.
Chocolate, hard candy, and gummies are typically found in children’s stockings. Even though they’re certainly okay to enjoy in moderation, you should add more variety by tossing in some healthy snacks as well. Foods like raisins, nuts, pretzels, and sugar-free gum are healthy and tasty options that your little one will surely enjoy!
Tips to Keep Your Smile Healthy Year-Round
Although these stocking stuffers can promote good oral health, you should take the time to teach your children how to properly care for their teeth and gums. Here’s what that should look like:
- Brushing – Make sure your child brushes for at least one minute every morning and night. If they have a toothbrush that plays music, encourage them to brush until the song ends.
- Flossing – Children should start flossing around age two. Because they’re still young, you may need to assist them with this step in the beginning.
- Mouthwash – Once your child is older than six, they can start rinsing with mouthwash. While swishing, you can have a silly-face contest and see who can make the other spit out faster.
Don’t let the holiday season leave a lasting mark on your family’s smiles. With these stocking stuffer ideas, you can set everyone up for a lifetime of good oral health!
About the Practice
At Midland Kid’s Dentist, we strive to give patients of all ages the enjoyable, relaxing, comfortable dental experience they deserve. Our team will always go above and beyond to ensure your children receive the best treatment possible. For more stocking stuffer ideas, visit our website or call (432) 520-5437.
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