Being a parent during the holidays can be extra challenging. There are plays to see, concerts to attend, class parties to prepare for, and perfect gifts to purchase. It’s easy to forget that your child’s oral health needs to remain a priority with the extra treats they’re receiving throughout the season. With that in mind, we’ve put together the following list of stocking stuffer ideas that can help you little one prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Keep reading for 4 smile-friendly ideas!
Stocking Stuffer #1: A New Toothbrush
Did you know that the American Dental Association recommends changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months? You should be getting a new one for your offspring just as frequently. A fun new toothbrush can set them up for dental success in the new year.
It’s easy to find child-friendly options with your loved one’s favorite characters or heroes to inspire them to care for their teeth. Try to find one with softer bristles to account for sensitive, young gums. Also, depending on how old your kid is, you might want to select a toothbrush with a wider handle for their smaller hands to grasp more easily.
Stocking Stuffer #2: Flavored Toothpaste
Why not also find an exciting new toothpaste to complement their toothbrush? Many children shy away from brushing their teeth with minty toothpaste because the flavor can overpower their senses. Instead, look for their favorite flavor like bubblegum, strawberry, watermelon, etc. Purchase one that contains fluoride to keep your child’s enamel strong to protect their pearly whites this year.
Stocking Stuffer #3: Flossers
Many parents struggle with the frustration of trying to get their kid to floss their teeth only to have very little success. It’s difficult for them to wrap floss around their fingers or angle their hands correctly to reach all sides of their pearly whites. You can help by including flossers in their stocking. These small picks hold just a small bit of floss and are easier for children to manipulate to clean around and below their gumlines.
Stocking Stuffer #4: Sugar-Free Sweets
If your little one adores candy then sugar-free gum or lollipops are a great addition to their stocking. Sugar attracts harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay, so try to find healthy alternatives. There are several options that contain Xylitol which can satisfy their sweet tooth without damaging it. Chewing sugar-free gum has the added benefit of producing more saliva, which is their mouth’s natural disinfectant. Instead of gaining cavities, they’ll be reducing them.
Your child is sure to be thrilled with these happy additions to their gifts this year, and you can relax knowing that their presents can enhance their smile!
About the Practice
At The Dentists at Orenco for Kids, your little one benefits from two board-certified pediatric dental experts who provide a full range of services under one roof. From preventative care to more complex procedures, they can assist with all of your child’s unique oral health needs. Their friendly staff goes the extra mile to ensure that patients feel calm and comfortable throughout their appointment. You are welcome to request an appointment on the website or call (503) 640-6565.