Stocking Stuffers For Healthy Teeth

THE HOLIDAYS ARE approaching, and that means it’s time to shop for treats and presents for the people we love! Often times, these treats aren’t the healthiest choices for our teeth, which is why we’ve put together some suggestions for more dental-friendly goodies to stuff in those stockings — as well as some things to avoid.

Stocking Stuffer No-Nos

There are sweet treats everywhere during the holidays and they often find their way into your child’s gifts as well. For healthy stocking stuffers, try giving your child treats that their teeth with love too. If you want to give your child some candy, go for chocolate. Chocolate is better for teeth than sticky candies because it washes off of teeth easily. Here are the top 3 best and worst of candy choices for teeth:

  • Bad: Anything sticky, lollipops, and gummy worms.
  • Better: Dark chocolate, sugarless gum/candy, and candy bars with nuts.

The Dentist’s Picks

The right toothbrush can be just as exciting as a new toy for your child. Take some time to shop around and find one they will truly love! For younger children, find a brush that features a favorite cartoon or movie character. Soft bristles are best since younger children have sensitive gums, and an easy-to-hold handle is helpful for tiny hands.

Older children will be excited to get an electric toothbrush in their favorite color — it makes brushing easier and more effective. Other great stocking stuffers include floss sticks, toothpaste, mouthwash, and toothbrush holders.

Wishing All Our Patients A Happy, Healthy Holiday Season!

Of course, another option would be to avoid edible stocking stuffers altogether, in favor of small toys and games that will take your children’s minds completely off their sweet tooth cravings. Now you’re ready to enjoy a holiday stuffed with lots of smiles. Don’t forget to stay on Santa’s nice list all year-round by taking good care of your teeth! We look forward to seeing you at your next cleaning appointments!

Thank you for being part of our practice family!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

from Blog – Daniel J. Oehler, DMD

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