With the holidays just around the corner, your children have probably already sent Santa Claus their wish list filled with toys, games, books and… oral care supplies? While maybe not at the top of their list, tooth-friendly holiday gifts are a great way to get kids excited to take care of their teeth. Not to mention, Santa can feel good that he’s inspired good oral hygiene in his little elves.
A New Toothbrush
A Christmas stocking staple for decades, nothing is better than a brand new toothbrush. With endless varieties – including brushes that vibrate, light up, play music, or feature characters – a new toothbrush will get your elves excited to brush. Be sure to select a toothbrush with soft bristles and suitable for the size of a child’s mouth.
Some children do not have an easy time with traditional mint-flavored toothpaste, so a crazy flavored toothpaste might be just the ticket to get your kids excited to brush. With flavors like cupcake, chocolate, and ice cream toothpaste on the market, there is sure to be something your child will enjoy. Be sure to look for the ADA seal of approval on your choice.
There are many outstanding books that will entertain your kids while also teaching them about teeth and getting them comfortable with the dentist. We recommend The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss, Open Wide: Tooth School Inside by Laurie Keller, and Brush, Brush, Brush by Alicia Padron.
Sports Mouth Guards
Whether your child plays a contact sport on the field or just in the living room, it is important that their teeth are protected. Mouth guards have come a long way, and between glittered options, fangs, and sports team logos, your child will be excited to wear a new one. You can also contact us for information on custom mouth guards.
Have a little fun with some wacky tooth-related toys. Try the Play-Doh Doctor Drill n Fill, a plush dentist set, or a game like Crocodile Dentist for some family fun.
This time of year is filled with sticky sweets, so giving your kids gifts to encourage good oral hygiene is a great way to make sure that Santa’s cookies don’t result in cavities. Be sure to contact us here at Sullivan Family Dental to schedule your family’s next cleanings. Your twice-a-year checkups will ensure that the adults and children in your family have healthy, happy smiles in the new year.
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