Memories of pouring loads of sweet treats out of stockings on Christmas morning may be some of your favorites, and there’s a good chance you’ve brought that tradition along with you into your own family. Even though these goodies are a staple during the holidays, they can tend to wreak havoc on your teeth if eaten in excess. Your Houston dentist has a list of smile-friendly stocking stuffers that you might consider adding to the mix this year to keep your family’s teeth in good shape.
Stocking Stuffers to Keep Their Smiles Shining Brightly
Holiday stockings wouldn’t be the same if they weren’t filled with some of your favorite candies and sugary treats. This holiday season, try adding one or more of these tooth-friendly options as well in order to protect your family’s teeth from an overload of sugar:
- A Toothbrush: You might be thinking that your child would be mortified to pull a toothbrush out of their stocking on Christmas day. However, there are a multitude of themed options out there. Even if the idea of brushing their teeth doesn’t excite them, they’re sure to enjoy receiving a toothbrush with their favorite superhero or movie character on it. For adults, who doesn’t appreciate a high-quality electric toothbrush?
- Floss Sticks: Flossing is not the most fun activity, but floss sticks make the process much quicker and easier, which means your family is more likely to keep up the good work. Plus, there are plenty of fun and colorful designs out there to make it more fun for children.
- Dental-Friendly Treats: The flavor of traditional mint flavored toothpaste might be one of the reasons why teeth-brushing is no fun for children. Try tossing a fruity sugar-free bubble gum, candy, or tasty flavored toothpaste in your family’s stockings this year.
- Healthy Snacks: People of all ages love snacks, and aside from candy, there are tons of healthier options you can fill your family’s stocking with this year:
- Mixed nuts
- Dried fruit
- Sugar-free candy
- Protein bars
Make sure to grab one or two healthy options to add to your family’s stockings this year while you’re decking the halls!
About the Author
Dr. Donald F. Tamborello has been helping people have healthier smiles at his private practice in Houston for over thirty years. He is passionate about providing his patients with the knowledge and tools they need to keep their teeth looking and feeling great. His practice is built on integrity, and he strives to build long-lasting relationships with everyone he cares for. Are your loved one’s smiles ready for the holidays? Book an appointment online or call (713) 522-7540.