As parents and caregivers, we want what’s best for our kids all year. The holidays can be a challenge when it comes to sweets. It starts on Halloween, and then doesn’t seem to stop for months. It can be hard to prioritize health during the holidays, so I asked the team members at our Flower Mound dental practice for their favorite dental-friendly stocking stuffers.
Stocking Stuffers to Make Them Smile
For most of our patients, the only time they receive a new toothbrush is when we give it to them during their visit. However, your child’s toothbrush should be replaced every few months because, over time, bristles will bend and fray. A worn toothbrush can’t get into the small spaces around teeth, so a new toothbrush in their Christmas stocking might be just what the doctor ordered.
Parents often ask if dental flossers (a.k.a. Floss picks) are effective. I can assure you that they work great. Their ease of use and convenience helps kids stick to their daily flossing. Dental floss picks make a great stocking stuffer.
Without proper toothpaste, brushing is just going through the motions. It might be tempting to grab toothpaste featuring the latest-and-greatest comic book hero, but make sure it contains fluoride and features the ADA seal of acceptance.
When used in conjunction with brushing and flossing, mouthwash is the finishing touch for an effective oral hygiene regimen. A mouth rinse can help prevent gingivitis and kill cavity-causing bacteria that get left behind. As a bonus, they get to feel extra clean as they combat bad breath.
Few kids (or adults, for that matter) actually brush for at least two minutes. Anything that helps them spend the time needed to do a proper job is worth it. These two-minute egg timers are a great way to encourage thorough brushing habits.
Whether it’s used between after-school activities or during lunch break, a dental hygiene travel set can be a handy bit of kit to have in a backpack or locker. There are plenty of options for travel size, compact dental hygiene supplies. A toothbrush (with a cover), fluoride toothpaste, mouth rinse, and floss should all be a part of any oral hygiene kit, just make sure to look for that ADA seal.
Your child’s toothbrush might be one of the dirtiest things in your household. In fact, it’s usually dirtier than the toilet seat, and is bombarded with all kinds of unpleasant germs on a daily basis. There are many ways to keep your child’s toothbrush clean, but a toothbrush sanitizer is both convenient and effective.
Santa Claus is coming to Dr. Duffy’s!
The big guy is making his rounds this week, and on Thursday, December 20th, he’ll be stopping by our Flower Mound dental practice. Kids can get their picture taken with Santa and even go home with a little gift from Santa Claus.
Dr. Debra Duffy