Looking for a few last-minute ideas to fill the stockings you’ve hung with care? Here are ideas for a few items that will get little ones excited about taking care of their teeth this coming year!
A New Toothbrush
Everyone loves a new toothbrush. For the holidays, pick one that will get your kids excited about brushing their teeth. There are character brushes, brushes that light up and even brushes that play music while you clean your teeth! Be sure and choose a soft-bristled brush with the appropriate sized head for smaller mouths.
Fun Dental App
Whether your child has their own mobile device or uses yours, there are a ton of new dental apps that make oral care fun and educate kids about dental topics. From educational games like Tiny Dentist and Monster Mouth, to apps that help kids brush for two minutes like Brush DJ, there’s something for everyone. You can purchase the app and simply put a note or card in your child’s stocking or give a gift card for the iTunes store or Google Play.
A Tooth Timer
If brushing the correct amount of time is difficult for your kids, consider getting a small timer to keep in the bathroom. Brushing for two minutes can seem like a long time. A timer can ensure your kids are brushing long enough and can even become a game!
A Wacky Toothpaste Flavor
There are so many fun toothpaste flavors to choose from. Try giving your kids something silly that you wouldn’t usually pick out. There’s bubblegum flavor, chocolate, and even bacon! Look for the ADA seal on whatever you buy.
Sugar-Free Chewing Gum With Xylitol
Did you know that chewing gum can actually be good for your teeth? While not a substitute for brushing, sugar-free gum can help in the production of saliva which washes away trapped food particles. Further, gum containing xylitol has actually been proven to help reduce cavities.
Unfortunately, a lot of kids are playing sports without adequately protecting their teeth. If you have a child who plays an active sport, consider getting a mouthguard for Christmas. Even if they already have one, a fun new color or style can get kids excited about staying in the habit of wearing it.
Silly Toothbrush Holder
There are a lot of fun toothbrush holders out there. We’ve seen ones shaped like super heroes, animals and even rocket ships. Get rid of the boring mug and replace your child’s toothbrush holder with something fun.