December 17, 2019
Once your child’s main Christmas wishes have been taken care of, it’s time to think about additional, smaller presents they might want or need. If you’re really reaching for an idea for a stocking stuffer, you might consider something that helps your little one protect their teeth in the coming year. Here are 5 gift suggestions that your dentist in Scarborough might recommend.
1. Brand New Toothbrushes
Your little one’s toothbrush is, of course, an indispensable part of their oral hygiene routine. However, it’s usually recommended to replace a toothbrush every 6 months at minimum. Otherwise the bristles could become too frayed to really be effective. An electric toothbrush can be an excellent choice for helping your child get excited about brushing; it can be decorated with their favorite character, or it can come with cool features like lighting up or playing music. Make sure that the head has soft bristles and is the right size for your child’s smaller mouth.
2. Sugar-Free Treats
Who doesn’t like finding candy in their stocking? Unfortunately, most of these treats contain sugar and could eventually leave your child with a cavity. The good news is that there’s a tooth-friendly alternative: sugar-free chewing gum and lollipops that have been sweetened with Xylitol. Not only are they still sweet, but they can actually help keep the teeth clean by increasing saliva production. Take the time to find some sugarless snacks for your child to enjoy while they open their other presents.
3. Flavored Floss
Flossing is just as important as brushing, but some children might find it uncomfortable. You can make the process more fun for them by giving them special flavored floss. Beyond the traditional mint taste, there are all kinds of unique flavors such as cinnamon, cupcake, or even bacon. Your child can have fun trying out different flavors and picking their favorites.
4. Sports Mouthguard
Ideally, if your child participates in football or any other kind of sport or physical activity, they should already have a mouthguard. Nevertheless, a brand new mouthguard that comes in a different style or color could help encourage them to always remember to wear it.
5. Tooth Fairy Box
If your child’s around the age where they’re about to start losing their baby teeth, it’s important for them to have a safe place to put it until the tooth fairy arrives. Why not give them a tooth fairy box to celebrate reaching another milestone on their way to adulthood?
Need some more tooth-friendly gift ideas? Your child’s general dentist will be able to take their oral health into account and can recommend items that can help keep your child’s smile safe based on their unique needs. Give your child the gift of cleaner, healthier teeth!
About the Author
Dr. Samantha Amaro is a member of the Ontario Dental Association and has been certified for a number of treatments, including Invisalign and moderate sedation. Her practice, White Willow Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, provides friendly, quality care for patients of all ages. To schedule a holiday appointment for your child, visit their website or call (416) 285-4545.
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