Sharma Mulqueen, RDH
Christmas Stocking Stuffers
Christmas is the topic of mostly everyone this time of year. So many of us love to see what Santa has left for us in our stockings. When considering stocking stuffers, we have some recommendations to assist in keeping your child’s mouth and teeth at their healthiest.
When parents start thinking of what to place in their child’s stocking, they rarely think to put items that will benefit dental health. Most parents fill their children’s stockings with candy, nuts, socks, hair bows, lotion or Chap Stick. The list can be endless with what is placed in stockings. So this year, why not give them items to help with their dental home care.
A New Toothbrush
Everyone loves a new toothbrush. For the holidays, pick one that will get your kids excited about brushing their teeth. There are character brushes, brushes that light up and even brushes that play music while you clean your teeth! Be sure to choose a soft-bristled brush with the appropriate sized head for smaller mouths.
A Tooth Timer
If brushing the correct amount of time is difficult for your kids, consider getting a small timer to keep in the bathroom. Most kids brush an average of 14 seconds but in their minds it was for two minutes. A timer will insure that your child is brushing for the approiate time. You can even join them by brushing together to make sure the family is brushing for two minutes.
A Fun Toothpaste Flavor
So many people choose mint or bubble gum for their toothpaste flavor. You can look online and find some fun flavors. Try giving your kids something silly that you wouldn’t usually pick. There’s Bacon, Pickle, Cupcake, Oreo, Vanilla and Orange. The list keeps growing. Amazon has some great choices.
Floss is normally pretty plain, but it doesn’t have to be. Like toothpaste, there is bacon, cupcake or pickled-flavored floss to match. If those flavors don’t do the trick, there are banana and cinnamon-flavored options for kids to enjoy.
Sugar-Free Chewing Gum with Xylitol
Did you know that chewing gum can actually be good for your teeth? While not a substitute for brushing, sugar-free gum can help in the production of saliva which washes away trapped food particles. Further, gum containing xylitol has actually been proven to help reduce cavities.
Holidays are such a special time to share with your family and friend’s. Signature Dental would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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