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8 Last-Minute, Sugar-Free Stocking Stuffers

December 14, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — kids-dentistry @ 3:49 pm

The last few months of the year always go by in a flash, so who can blame you for still having some shopping to do? If you’re in need of some smaller presents, why not opt for some mouth-healthy options? After all, the last thing you want is to give someone the gift of a cavity in the new year. If you need some inspiration, here are some last-minute, sugar-free stocking stuffer ideas!

How Sugar Wreaks Havoc on a Healthy Smile

Throughout the years, you’ve likely been told that soda, candy, and other sugar-filled treats aren’t exactly mouth-healthy. But why? In short, when sugar interacts with the bacteria in your mouth, an enamel-eroding acid forms. As a result, the more sugar you eat, the more likely you are to develop cavities. Since tooth decay can take a serious toll on the look and function of your loved one’s teeth, take this holiday season as an opportunity to fill their stockings with sugar-free gifts instead. Their healthy and happy smiles will thank you for it!

8 Sugar-Free Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Just because sugary gifts are off the table doesn’t mean that you can’t give a thoughtful, fun, and entertaining present. If you are unsure what to give, here are some ideas to help spark some inspiration:

  • A themed or electric toothbrush
  • Flavored toothpaste, like bubblegum
  • Sugar-free gum
  • Trail mix (preferably one with low sugar)
  • Dried fruit
  • Playing cards
  • An ornament for their tree
  • Fun socks

8 Tips for a Healthy Smile During the Holidays

The months between Halloween and New Year’s Eve are filled with lots and lots of food. So, your teeth are putting in extra work during the most wonderful time of the year. To show them some love and appreciation, make sure you and your family:

  • Brush for two full minutes after each meal.
  • Floss and rinse with mouthwash regularly.
  • Visit your dentist every six months for a dental checkup and cleaning.
  • Stick to mostly well-balanced, nutrient-dense meals.
  • Limit your sugar consumption.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid unhealthy dental habits, like chewing on ice.
  • Be cautious of pigmented drinks, like soda and red wine.

The holidays are meant for time with family, not time in your emergency dentist’s chair. So, do your best to give the gift of a healthy, happy smile, starting with sugar-free stocking stuffers!

About the Practice

Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics is proud to offer children a wide range of comprehensive dental care in one kid-friendly environment. Plus, we offer morning, afternoon, and weekend hours, so your little one doesn’t need to miss school to care for their smile! So, if they are overdue for their six-month visit or are struggling with a toothache, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 860-224-2419.

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