By tinytexans45006907, Dec 22 2016 06:23PM
In all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, Hannukah, and other winter celebrations, hardly anyone is thinking about oral health this time of year. But with all the cookies, candy, and other extra food little ones are sure to come across, taking care of teeth is more important than ever.This holiday season, why not give the young people in your life wonderful gifts that promote healthy teeth?
While they might not garner as much attention as a new toy or the latest video game, many children enjoy receiving a new toothbrush, a new tube of toothpaste, a new bottle of mouthwash, or a new package of floss as part of their holiday treasures. If your family does stockings, these items all make excellent stocking stuffers! Young children who are still learning to take care of their teeth may be excited to receive a new toothbrush, especially if it has one of their favorite characters on it or if they're able to “graduate” to the next brush size. For an older child, the holidays are a great time to introduce an electric rather than a manual toothbrush. New, age-appropriate toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss may be especially attractive if you can find a new flavor. Sugar-free gum and xylitol chewing gum, mints or candy (Zellie’s or Dr. John’s brands for example) are also a great idea for a small holiday gift, as it falls into the same category as candy, yet it won't contribute to tooth decay. In fact, sugar-free gum can actually improve oral health, as the stickiness of the gum can help loosen food particles that are stuck to teeth, and the action of chewing promotes salivation, which helps to prevent the formation of calculus and also helps loosen food particles.
In addition to items that actually improve the health of the mouth, there are a number of gift options that will encourage interest and excitement about oral health in children. If your family doesn't already have one, consider a toothbrush timer, which times out the two minutes that are necessary to ensure a thorough teeth-brushing. There are many styles available, some of which come in fun shapes, or double as a toothbrush holder, or play music while they keep time. Picture books that deal with teeth, dentistry, or the Tooth Fairy are also great options. Some perennial favorites include Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth by Lucy Cousins; Arthur's Tooth by Marc Brown; Dr. DeSoto and Dr. DeSoto Goes to Africa by William Steig; and What Does the Tooth Fairy Do With Our Teeth? By Denise Barry. For stories that have something of a holiday connection, there's The Night Before the Tooth Fairy by Natasha Wing, which is a take-off on the Christmas classic 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, and the beautifully-illustrated Christmas Always by Peter Catalanotto, which tells the story of a little girl who loses a tooth on Christmas Eve and receives visits from the Sandman, Jack Frost, the Tooth Fairy, and finally Santa Claus.
Whatever you're celebrating this time of year, Tiny Texans Pediatric Dentistry in South Austin, Texas, is on hand to recommend great teeth-related gifts and answer any questions you have about oral health. and safety over the holidays!