Getting everything together for the holidays is a stressful task to take on. The last things left on your checklist is to wrap everyone’s presents and fill the stockings. Instead of packing them full of cavity-causing candy and knick-knacks that will hardly get used, choose a few of these tooth-friendly stocking stuffers from your dentist in Tracy.
Everyone loves a new toothbrush, especially one that makes their morning and nightly routine a breeze. For your child, you can get them a fun electric toothbrush that dawns their favorite television characters or plays a neat tune for two-minutes to help them time how long they have been brushing their teeth for. For your teen or spouse, you can get them a high-tech electric toothbrush that effectively and efficiently removes plaque and bacteria from below their gumline.
Instead of snacks that contain sugar that allows harmful oral bacteria to produce enamel-eroding acids and toxins, get your child sugar-free gum or suckers that contain xylitol. This substance helps protect their teeth from decay and keeps bacteria from attaching to their pearly whites.
If your child still hasn’t lost all of their temporary teeth, try making or buying them a tooth fairy box or container to store all of their lost teeth in. You can visit your local craft store and purchase a plain keepsake box and decorate it with their favorite colors, shapes, and cartoon characters.
More people than you would think regularly skip flossing their teeth. Getting your loved one a fun-flavored dental floss such as cinnamon, cupcake, bacon, or even pickle, may keep them from getting bored or tired of keeping up with their dental hygiene routine.
If your child or spouse plays sports or has hobbies that can put them at an increased risk of breaking or damaging their teeth, consider getting them a customized sports mouthguard that fits their mouth perfectly. Your dentist offers protection made from the highest quality of materials so they don’t have to worry about experiencing a dental emergency while doing what they love.
It can be tempting to place a bag of candy or sweets in their stocking. However, sugary snacks will increase their risk of dental decay. Instead, stuff their stocking with their favorite fruit or healthy alternatives like a clementine, trail mix, or a flavor-packed popcorn seasoning to spice up their go-to snack.
If your child has a hard time being motivated to brush and floss their teeth everyday, there’s nothing that can reignite their interest in their dental hygiene routine like exciting and fun products that make their bathroom more inviting. This can make brushing and flossing seem less like a chore and more like a fun daily activity.
There’s no better way to end the holidays than with a routine dental checkup and cleaning for your entire family. You’ll be grateful to start the new year knowing that all of your loved ones have clean bills of health from your family dentist.
Dr. TJ Rattan has been a dentist for nearly a decade. He is passionate about helping his patients achieve healthy and happy smiles that boost their confidence. He offers comprehensive dental care and focuses on providing families with preventive treatment that helps them tackle oral health problems while they’re still small. For questions or to schedule your family’s semi-annual checkup and cleaning, visit Innovo Dental and Implant Studio’s website or call 209-207-9076.