Once the big gifts have been purchased, it’s time to buy the smaller stocking-stuffers. A lot of times, these little items are enjoyed long after Christmas and can be more functional. But functional doesn’t have to be boring and healthy teeth can be a fun part of Christmas. Here are a few ideas to encourage kids to brush for two minutes, twice a day!
Does your child play sports? Unfortunately, a lot of kids are playing sports without adequately protecting their teeth. If you have a child who plays an active sport, consider getting a mouthguard for Christmas. Even if they already have one, a fun new color or style can get kids excited about staying in the habit of wearing it.
A Band New Toothbrush
Everyone loves a new toothbrush. For the holidays, pick one that will get your kids excited about brushing their teeth. There are character brushes, brushes that light up and even brushes that play music while you clean your teeth! Be sure and choose a soft-bristled brush with the appropriate sized head for smaller mouths.
A Tooth Timer
If brushing the correct amount of time is difficult for your kids, consider getting a small timer to keep in the bathroom. Brushing for two minutes can seem like a long time. A timer can ensure your kids are brushing long enough and can even become a game!
A Fun Toothpaste Flavor
There are so many fun toothpaste flavors to choose from. Try giving your kids something silly that you wouldn’t usually pick out. There’s bubblegum flavor, chocolate, and even bacon! Look for theADA seal on whatever you buy.
Silly Toothbrush Holder
There are a lot of fun toothbrush holders out there. We’ve seen ones shaped like super heroes, animals and even rocket ships. Get rid of the boring mug and replace your child’s toothbrush holder with something fun.