As you are checking off your holiday shopping list, don’t forget stocking stuffers. Those small gifts could be the perfect way to promote your family’s oral health and hygiene on Christmas morning and into 2013. Your West Des Moines family dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, suggests some small, inexpensive dental products that Santa can leave in the stockings of kids of all ages.
Sugarplums might be dancing in your children’s heads, but they shouldn’t be anywhere near their teeth. Encourage your family to indulge their sweet tooth safely with a pack of sugarless gum. In addition to being a healthier option than sugared gum, sugarless gum can promote saliva production, which can help with hygiene and halitosis issues. Look for a pack with xylitol, a sweet additive that fights tooth decay.
According to the American Dental Association, roughly half of Americans do not floss daily, and nearly 20% never floss. If your household includes one of those non-flossers, encourage him or her to take up the habit by giving him the perfect flossing product. In addition to traditional floss, ribbon-sized floss is also available, which may be more effective than string floss for people with larger-than-normal gaps between their teeth. There are also floss picks and fun flavors, like mint and even bacon! Whichever floss you choose to give, make sure it comes with an ADA seal.
An Electric Toothbrush
For people who brush for less than the suggested two minutes, or for those who are too forceful with their brushing, an electric toothbrush might be ideal. Electric toothbrushes will glide gently over the teeth, preventing the possible enamel damage that vigorous brushing sometimes causes. Most electric models automatically cut off after two minutes, allowing brushing for exactly the right amount of time. Remember, however, that the head needs to be replaced as often as a manual toothbrush.
An Appointment With Your West Des Moines Family/Cosmetic Dentist
Dentistry may be the gift you give to yourself. If you are interested in teeth whitening, bonding, or porcelain veneers to brighten your smile in the New Year, Valley Ridge Family Dental offers multiple cosmetic dentistry options. In addition, if six months or more has passed since your last checkup, Dr. Johnson and our staff can give you a thorough examination and cleaning. Call our 50266 dental office at (515) 223-9764 to make an appointment. We proudly serve patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive and surrounding Des Moines metro communities.