The holidays are upon us and that means plenty of festive activities, delicious foods, savory drinks and a plethora of sweets. Unfortunately, there’s only so many times you can eat holiday goodies before they begin to take a toll on your teeth.
At WhiteWing Dental, your McAllen family dentist wants to help you care for you and your loved ones’ teeth while you enjoy your favorite holiday snacks and dishes.
The following are a few dentist-approved stocking stuffers to help keep your loved ones’ smiles happy and healthy throughout the winter season and into 2020.
Stocking Stuffers Your Whole Family Will Love
1. Dark Chocolate
While most sugary treats can be harmful to your teeth, dark chocolate is the exception. Although dark chocolate contains sugar, it is much easier to brush off your teeth after consumption, unlike sticky or chewy candies. Additionally, the cocoa beans which go in dark chocolate contain tannins, polyphenols, and flavonoids, which are types of antioxidants that can actually be good for your mouth and teeth. These substances can help to prevent cavities, infections, and slow tooth decay.
Avoid high sugar milk chocolates and stick to dark chocolates with a higher cocoa content for optimal nutrition and flavor.
2. A Bamboo Toothbrush
Plastic toothbrushes are a thing of the past. Celebrate Christmas by including a bamboo toothbrush in your loved ones’ stockings. Bamboo is one of the most sustainable and easy-to-grow materials on the planet. With a bamboo toothbrush, you and your loved ones don’t have to worry about where in the ocean those plastic toothbrushes might end up. Not only are these widely available, compostable, and good for the planet, but a bamboo toothbrush will encourage your loved one to keep up with their oral health routine during the holiday season.
3. Gum Sweetened with Xylitol
Everyone enjoys a piece of gum after a savory Christmas meal so why not stock up! A simple way to amp up your loved ones’ stockings is by including sugar-free gum sweetened with xylitol. Not only is the xylitol healthier for teeth, but it also helps fight cavities by stimulating saliva production. Saliva is the body’s natural way of cleaning the mouth of cavity-causing bacteria while also strengthening the enamel.
4. Create a Tooth Fairy Kit
If you have younger children, a tooth fairy kit makes an excellent stocking stuffer. These items are affordable to include in stockings and the kids can make losing teeth a fun, magical experience.
Items to include in a tooth fairy kit include:
- A fairy-sized letter from the tooth fairy telling your child, he/she is excited to see them.
- A fairy-sized scrapbook paper and envelopes for your child to leave a note for the tooth fairy.
- A decorative tooth box to store your child’s tooth under their pillow.
- A door hanger for your children to request the tooth fairy stop by their room.
These are easy to make with items from your local craft store and they are perfect for creating a magical Christmas experience your child will treasure for life.
Happy Holidays to Your Family from the WhiteWing Dental Family
This holiday season, give your loved ones the gift that keeps giving, tooth health!
These inexpensive items are sure to keep your loved ones happy while protecting their pearly whites. However, if you find yourself overeating candy and tasty holiday dishes, your friendly McAllen family dentists at WhiteWing Dental are here to help.