It’s hard to resist filling your child’s Easter basket with sweets and candies! However, it’s possible to still promote good oral hygiene with teeth-friendly gifts and make your child happy at the same time. We have a few we’d love to share a few ideas with you:
Brand New Toothbrush
While the idea of a toothbrush as a gift may not sound very fun, there are a lot of cute colors and designs that will brighten your child’s toothbrushing routine. If your child is over the age of 3 years old, you may want to select an electric toothbrush. It’s a great way of cleaning your teeth and has been known to reduce gum disease. Plus, many toothbrushes have a timer so it will encourage your child to brush their teeth for the full two minutes. Just make sure you choose one that has the ADA seal of acceptance.
What else goes best with a brand new toothbrush than some fun toothpaste to go with? There are many brands with the ADA seal of acceptance that come in fun flavors like strawberry or bubble gum. Just make sure your child knows how much to use – a pea-sized amount if they are over the age of 3 and a rice-sized amount if they are under the age of 3.
Case for Their Dental Gear
If you plan on traveling this summer, giving your child a fun new case or travel-sized pack for their new toothbrush, toothpaste, and other hygiene products will definitely be appreciated. Choose a fun design of one of their favorite characters and fill it with cute pencils, erasers, and stickers. Plus, keep in mind that being an example is the best teacher! Show your child your own travel case and be sure to bring your own oral hygiene products with you too.
Dental-Themed Books & Toys
If your child loves to read, adding a few dental-themed books will certainly be enjoyed! Select a book with a theme that encourages good oral hygiene, like Ready Set Brush featuring Elmo on the cover. You may also want to include toys like a chattering teeth toy or a stuffed puppet to help them practice brushing their teeth.
While overloading on sugar is never a good idea, chocolate isn’t as bad as you might think. In fact, a recent study showed that chocolate can actually fight cavities, plaque, and tooth decay. So, if you decide to add some chocolates to your child’s Easter basket, get dark chocolates. Avoid milk chocolate since that tends to be more loaded with sugar, which is not healthy for your child’s teeth.
We hope these teeth-friendly gifts help your child have a wonderful Easter weekend! Don’t forget to schedule a checkup to make sure you and your child’s teeth stay clean and healthy. Call Beaumont Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.