While tooth decay affects 60-90% of teenagers and adults (WHO), and tooth decay is the most common disease among children in the U.S. (AGD), there is good news. Tooth decay is preventable with proper care and daily attention. Dr. Neal Smith and our team at Central Washington Pediatric Dentistry are excited to be able to help our patients in Yakima, Washington, promote healthy smiles this holiday season with festive 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. Neal Smith and our team in Yakima, Washington, are pleased to help your loved ones have excellent oral health all year round. To schedule your child’s next visit, please call 509-248-2973 today!