Massachusetts weather is turning snowy, so there’s no denying it’s the holiday season. That being the case, many of you are likely buying gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and more. However, have you considered adding some smile-friendly stocking stuffers to your shopping list? Such items make fantastic presents and boost your kids’ oral health. As such, your dentist in Medford has a few to suggest. Here’s a summary of three holiday gifts sure to give your child a shiny smile.
Tasty Dental Products
As it turns out, not all kids are fans of minty toothpaste and floss. Given that fact, you might want to put some with different flavors in your children’s stockings.
It isn’t hard to find tasty alternatives — just visit your local supermarket or pharmacy. There, you’ll find products with flavors like bubblegum, citrus, cinnamon, and more. If you’re lucky, you may even come across ones that taste like cupcakes!
When it comes to toothpaste for kids, in particular, keep the following in mind:
- Choose brands that contain fluoride.
- Look for the ADA Seal of Approval.
- Consult your dentist about the toothpaste if your child is under two.
As a parent, you may want to gift your little ones treats as sweet as they are — chocolates, candy canes, etc. However, try to avoid doing so. Such items are jam-packed with sugar that erodes enamel and causes cavities.
Try putting healthy snacks in the stocking this year for a nutritious alternative. These might include raisins, nuts, and sugar-free gum. The gum, especially, would be a good choice, as brands with xylitol help produce saliva and reduce tooth decay.
A Sports Mouthguard
Perhaps you have a child who likes to play sports. If you do, put a sports mouthguard in the overgrown sock. Many sporting events involve dental injuries, so the appliance will keep their teeth safe. In particular, the mouthguard will prevent your tyke’s smile from getting chipped, cracked, or worse.
While “boil and bite” mouthguards can be found at sporting goods stores, try to get one from a local dentist. The latter are custom-fit and thus offer more protection.
In the end, it’s good for kids to have healthy smiles for the holidays. Therefore, try buying the items above — your dentist in Medford will appreciate it!
About the Author
Dr. Anthony Giamberardino is a dentist based in Medford, MA, having earned his DDM from Tufts University’s School of Dental Medicine. For nearly thirty years, he’s been offering great dental care through the services of his private practice. In particular, he performs preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatments, as well as emergency dental procedures. Dr. Giamberardino currently practices at his self-titled clinic and is reachable on his website or by phone at (972)-331-8100.