We at the offices of Salt Lake Pediatric Dentistry would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a wonderful, festive holiday season. The holidays are a perfect time for some cheer, family activities…and yes, you guessed it, a few fun dental items.
That’s right, there are a few great stocking stuffers you can consider for your children that will not only please them, but will help with their dental health moving forward. Courtesy of our pediatric dentists, here are a few options.
Toothbrushes should be replaced every three or four months for children, so the holidays are a perfect time to make a replacement. Look for a toothbrush that’s easy for your child to hold and will fit comfortably into their mouth, and also one with soft bristles — you don’t want to aggravate their gums. Look for the ADA seal of approval to ensure that the kind you buy has been evaluated and approved.
For children who play sports, getting a mouth guard is a perfect way to get them excited while also protecting their mouth. Mouth guards are composite inserts that act as a cushion for the teeth and face, and lower the risk of broken teeth or a laceration in the mouth.
Among other items in the stocking, consider a healthy supply of toothpaste for your child. Again, always look for the ADA seal of approval. We also suggest complete protection toothpaste, not just whitening toothpaste — the latter can sometimes contain abrasives that aren’t good for young teeth or gums.
Instead of candy or chocolate, consider stuffing the stocking with gum sweetened with Xylitol. This mouth-friendly gum tastes great, and also stimulates saliva production that can clean debris and lower cavity risk. Xylitol also helps regular oral acid levels, which helps prevent plaque buildup and tooth decay.
The Tooth Book
For young children, consider The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss. This witty, wonderful story is meant for small children, teaching them about the different kinds of animal teeth and how to care for their own. It’s great for kids learning how to read, and will also help instill great oral habits.
For more on dental holiday stocking stuffers, or to learn about how our kids’ dentist services can help your child, contact the offices of Salt Lake Pediatric Dentistry today. Happy holidays!