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Your tree is up, your presents are wrapped and hidden from little hands, and most importantly of all, your stockings are hung on your fireplace with care. Holiday stockings are one of the most fun holiday traditions that can be done for kids of all ages. And although Buddy the Elf himself would recommend that you fill them with “Candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup,” do your family a solid and skip the candy this season and try these three anti-cavity stocking stuffers instead. 

Electric Toothbrushes

Whether your kid is 3 or 30, filling their stocking with an electric toothbrush is a fun way to encourage good dental habits. And, because battery operated toothbrushes can be purchased at a reasonable price, it’s not going to break the bank. Plus, if you are putting them in little kids stockings, they come decked out in popular characters that will give them an even better insensitive to brush.


No, we aren’t talking rainbow colored gumballs— those are filled with more sugar than your mouth knows what to do with. We are talking about sugar-free chewing gum. Sugar-free chewing gum is a great way to fight cavities in between brushing. Gum encourages your mouth’s natural production of saliva which works to wipe away excess food, tartar, and plaque from your teeth.


If you haven’t tried flossers yet, you’re missing out. Initially designed with kids in mind, flossers are tiny plastic instruments that have dental floss attached to them, and they make flossing easier and more fun for kids. Plus, they take up a lot of room in a stocking which can make your stockings look even fuller than previous years.

Even though sugary treats are fun to enjoy during this time of year, skip putting them in your kid’s stockings and try these tips instead. To learn more about how you can have a healthier smile, contact Today’s Dental today!


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