christmas gifts for kids

Christmas is traditionally the worst time of year for teeth, but it doesn't have to be that way. As well as swapping out sugary snacks and drinks for healthy options, you can help your kids to take better care of their teeth and gums in 2020 with these dental gift ideas.

1. Tooth pillow

Has your child started to lose their teeth? You can try to make the experience less upsetting and more fun by giving them their very own tooth pillow.

These have a pocket that children can put their tooth into, checking in the morning to see if the tooth fairy's arrived and left them a reward.

2. Tooth books

Knowledge is power. You can help to make daily brushing and visiting the dentist a normal part of your child's life by educating them about why oral hygiene is important.

There are various books available from online sellers and bookstores that can teach kids about what sugar does to their teeth and why it's so important to brush and floss. Even parents might learn a thing or two!

3. Electric toothbrush

Do your kids need to improve their oral hygiene? If they find it hard to use their toothbrush to clean all areas of their mouth, their dentist could recommend going electric. Some people find electric toothbrushes easier to use, since they take care of the brushing motion for you – you only need to guide it.

Electric toothbrushes are made for kids aged 3 and over, with special children's toothbrushes modelled after their favourite characters or that play sounds and have other features to help them brush correctly.

This can include songs that play for two minutes – the recommended amount of time you should brush – and instructions to make sure they're brushing all areas of their mouth. Even if you buy a standard electric toothbrush, you can find similar features by downloading toothbrushing apps for your smartphone.

4. Flavoured floss

Do your kids floss every day? Flossing is an important part of a daily oral hygiene routine that should be combined with toothbrushing at least once a day, and should start as soon as infants have two teeth that touch together.

If your child doesn't like the experience of having their teeth cleaned with standard floss, they could respond better to specially designed kids' flossers. These disposable cleaners have handles that can be easier to guide between the teeth than string floss.

Available in different colours and designs, these have handles that are easy to grip and – most importantly – floss with a tasty coating, whether they prefer mint or fruity flavours. Look for flossers coated in fluoride to give long-lasting protection to your children's teeth.

5. Sports mouthguard

If your child is old enough to play sports in and out of school, a custom mouthguard is a very practical present that will help to protect them from serious injuries.

A mouthguard designed by your child's dentist to be a perfect match for their teeth offers more protection than one bought from a store, as well as being more comfortable to wear.

Talk to a kids' dentist in Noosa

Are you and your kids due for your dental visit? Contact our team at Tewantin Dental Centre to book an appointment or talk to our dentists about dental gifts, oral hygiene and anything else you want to know.

Call our Noosa dental clinic today on (07) 5447 1361 or book online.