Dr. Raquel Wright and Dr. Navaneetha Natchimuthu, at Smiley Dental Webb Chapel want to wish our patients in Dallas, Texas, a healthy, happy, holiday season. This Christmas, you can give yourself and the people you love the gift of a healthy smile. Just make a few substitutions, and consider giving sugar-free gifts.
Three Smile Facts You Should Know
- Tooth decay affects 60-90% of teenagers and adults (World Health Organization).
- 75% of adults have some type of gum disease (American Dental Association).
- Tooth decay is the most common disease among children in the U.S. (The Academy of General Dentistry).
The good news is that these conditions are all preventable. So, this holiday season, while gingerbread cookies, candy canes, and egg nog surround you and your family, take some steps to give them the gift of good oral health.
Sugarless Stocking Stuffers
Toothbrushes: Stock up on soft-bristled toothbrushes that are gentle on the gum line and tooth enamel. Kids sizes come in all kinds of themes to entice them to brush their chompers.
Toothpaste: Kids will do well with fluoride toothpaste to fortify enamel. Fun toothpaste for your child’s smile come in all kinds of fun flavors: strawberry, watermelon, cinnamon, bubblegum, citrus, berry and even chocolate anti-cavity fluoride toothpaste.
Dental Floss: Waxed or unwaxed? Flavored or unflavored? If floss doesn’t appeal to your child, maybe try interdental cleaners like picks or sticks to remove plaque between teeth.
Sugar-Free Gum: Freshen breath and stimulate healthy saliva production which bathes teeth and gums and washes away bacteria.
Whitening Strips: These can help refresh and brighten your teen’s smile.
Water Flosser/Oral Irrigator: If your child just isn’t flossing, consider investing in a water flosser.
Electric Toothbrush: If you are worried that your child or teen isn’t brushing properly, electric toothbrushes can provide ease of mind for you and effectively cleaner teeth for them.
Dr. Raquel Wright, Dr. Navaneetha Natchimuthu and our team at Smiley Dental Webb Chapel in Dallas, Texas, 214.635.2810 work hard to help you and your family have excellent oral health all year round. At this special time of year, you can fill your holiday festivities with joy and health!