Every child has visions of sugarplums dancing in his or her head during the holiday season. If your child is like most, he or she could get a little bit carried away with sugary treats, if allowed. Parents can help by packing holiday stockings with healthy snacks and dentist-friendly items instead of candy and directing kids toward healthy fare during the holidays.
Some ideas for small gifts (perfect for a stocking or gift bag) that won’t offend your dentist include:
Fruit: Did you know that the orange is a classic holiday symbol associated with St. Nicholas? Natural fruit sugar is less harmful to teeth than processed sugar, so give fruit instead of candy.
A Fun Toothbrush: To get kids more excited about brushing, give them a colorful toothbrush adorned with their favorite cartoon character. Holiday gift-giving can be a good opportunity to replace a child’s old toothbrush with a new one that he or she will love!
Non-Food Items: Give small toys or books instead of candy and snacks.
Make sure to limit the amount of sweets that children consume during the holidays. Too much sugar can give little bellies trouble, and can damage vulnerable teeth.
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For more information about pediatric dentistry and keeping your child’s mouth healthy, contact Dr. Drower’s office at 603-357-0230. Be sure to ask about how the Affordable Care Act will apply to your child’s dental care as of January 1st, 2014.