Stocking Stuffers for Healthy Smiles

As you write your holiday shopping list, be sure to include stocking stuffers. By choosing healthy treats, dental products and a few nonedible goodies to tuck inside the stockings, you can ensure that your children will enjoy healthy smiles for the holidays. Why not get creative this year? Skip the candy store, and try these ideas instead!

Healthy Holiday Snacks

You don't have to stuff holiday stockings with pounds of chocolates, suckers and gummy candy. A few favorite sweets, in miniature sizes or special holiday wrappings, are plenty. Remember that these are treats, not a winter's supply of candy.

Then add a few healthy snacks such as packets of dried fruit made without added sugar, nuts covered with dark chocolate, baggies of homemade granola mix or chewy fruit leather made with 100 percent fruit. You can find these healthier stocking stuffers in the natural food aisle at your grocery store.

Cool Dental Products

Add a few colorful dental care products to the stocking. While you focus on the health benefits, your little one will be smiling because of the popular novelty themes and bright colors. Here are a few stocking stuffer ideas:

  • A new Colgate® toothbrush featuring Dora the Explorer™, SpongeBob SquarePants™ or Transformers™.
  • Mint-flavored dental floss.
  • Colgate® Kids 2 in 1 watermelon-flavored toothpaste.
  • A brightly colored toothbrush case for use on sleepovers or vacation.

Intriguing Tiny Toys

Finally, every child loves new pocket-sized toys. By the time they start playing, they won't even realize that they have fewer sweets in their stocking than last year. Fill your child's stocking with classic toys, such as bouncy rubber balls, a harmonica, a deck of cards or wind-up toys. And don't forget to include a few novelty pencils, stickers, notepads or miniature books for your little one to show off at school.

After your child unpacks the holiday stocking and samples some of the edible goodies, take a few minutes to share a thorough toothbrushing and flossing. Then sit back and enjoy the rest of the holiday morning with healthy smiles all around.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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