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4 Stocking Stuffers to Boost the Health of Your Favorite Smile

December 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — brushforkids @ 9:18 pm
a Christmas stocking hanging on a fireplace mantle

Stocking stuffers are one of the hardest types of gifts to shop for, especially because most people don’t want to get their children gifts that they’re likely to just throw away! The best type of stocking stuffer is one that has a purpose, like dental hygiene products. Although those words would cause any child’s eyes to glaze over, you’ll be surprised at how many fun, exciting toothbrushes and other items are on the shelves to boost their desire to take care of their precious little smile. Read on for four great stocking stuffer ideas that can help prevent cavities and encourage your child to feel proud of their grin!  

A New Toothbrush

As a child, getting a brand-new toothbrush that features their favorite movie characters, or a two-minute song to act as a time to let them know when they’re done brushing their teeth, is exciting! Plus, the American Dental Association recommends that toothbrushes are changed out every three months to help prevent the build-up of bacteria. It’s important to choose one that has soft bristles that get the job of clearing away plaque and food debris done without damaging their gums or causing discomfort.

Fun, Flavored Dental Products

Today, virtually every dental product that your child uses, like floss, toothpaste, and mouthwash, comes in an exciting flavor. Instead of going with plain old mint, get one that they’ll love! Just be sure that all of the products you pick out feature the ADA Seal of Approval on them, as these have been proven to be both safe and effective for small smiles, and that they contain fluoride. Keep in mind that children under six shouldn’t use mouthwash, so for them, stick to flavored toothpastes!

Tooth-Friendly Snacks & Sweets

For many families, it’s tradition to stuff stockings full of their children’s favorite sweets. While that’s not a bad thing to do, try to also incorporate some tooth-friendly snacks and treats in there, too, like xylitol gum (if they’re old enough), mints, and lollipops. When it comes to snacks, choosing ones that aren’t incredibly processed or high in carbohydrates will be safest for their smiles.

A Custom Sportsguard

Does your child participate on a local sports team, or are they planning to in the coming months? A custom-made sportsguard will not only protect their smile, putting your mind at-ease, but also offer them a comfortable alternative to the one-size-fits-all mouthguards that you buy off the shelves. Their pediatric dentist will ensure it fits properly, allowing them to run, dodge, and jump with ease.

About the Practice

At Brush Pediatric Dentistry, our team is comprised of five highly skilled, compassionate, and knowledgeable pediatric dentists, including Drs. Mira Albert, Lynna Gripentrog, Andreina Karamchandani, Maggie Rizzo, and Stephanie Bollow. Together, they’re able to offer children in Hinsdale and beyond comprehensive care specifically tailored to growing smiles. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 630-504-2223.

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