The Holidays are approaching, and that means it’s time to shop for treats and presents for the people we love! Often times, these treats aren’t the healthiest choices for our teeth, which is why we’ve put together some suggestions for more dental-friendly goodies to stuff in those stockings — as well as some things to avoid.
Stocking Stuffer No-Nos
Sticky and chewy candies
Citrus fruits - although oranges are a popular stocking-stuffer item in some families, fruits that are not of the citrus variety are actually better for your teeth. Highly acidic fruits can erode tooth enamel over time.
The Dentist’s Picks
Chapstick with SPF - here's an inexpensive option from Wal-Mart
Sugar-free chewing gum - studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum after meals and snacks can help rinse off and neutralize the acids released by the bacteria in plaque, which are harmful to tooth enamel. Both the act of chewing and the flavor of the artificial sweeteners in the gum stimulate ten times the normal rate of saliva flow.
Toothpaste - stay away from using whitening toothpastes too often as they can damage your tooth enamel over time. We recommend Crest Cavity Protection Regular Paste.
Toothbrush or electric toothbrush - we recommend using soft bristles. We also have an electric toothbrush available at our office for purchase.
Reusable straws - great for the environment since the average human uses 600 plastic straws a year, and can also help reduce stains on your teeth!
Socks, gloves, or hats - practical and fun
If you want to give candy, chocolate like hershey's kisses is better than sticky or chewy candies
Wishing All Our Patients A Happy, Healthy Holiday Season!
No matter what goes in those stockings, don’t forget to keep up with all those good brushing and flossing habits through the holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you at your next cleaning appointments! Thank you for being part of the #TeamBright family!
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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.