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Top 5 Healthy Gifts for Kids this Year

As children get older, they will start to realize that practical gifts can be as great as toys, video games, and money. They might get there with clothes faster, but they will soon learn that the necessities can be as good as anything that will break in a few weeks could be. For kids young and old, gifts that improve their health not only shows you care, but shows that you want to make an investment in their well being. Here are the top 5 healthy gifts for kids this year:

  1. Smart Toothbrush

The Beam smart toothbrush uses a smartphone app to help keep track of a child’s oral health and activities. The app and toothbrush communicate via Bluetooth, and the brush itself holds about three weeks’ worth of information. This brush will help the child know how long to brush using a light up display and the ability to play a song while brushing. The song can help the child brush longer and keep track of the amount of time he or she brushes. If oral health is a continuing issue, the toothbrush can also forward information to an email account to then send to your dentist. This toothbrush is relatively cheap at $25 in stores, with $4 for replacement heads. The toothbrush runs on AA batteries.

beam smart toothbrush

  1. Water Bottle

If you are looking for something that is super budget friendly, or you do want to get a special child in your life a toy and something healthy, a water bottle is a great idea. There are many different types of water bottles. You can get ones that keep the water cold, one that filters tap water, or personalized bottles with his or her name on it. Getting someone a water bottle that they really like will encourage him or her to drink more water, which helps keep plaque and bacteria levels in the mouth low.

  1. Kidliga Dishware

Kids will be excited to eat well balanced meals with their own Kidliga dishware set. The set uses the stamped on pattern to show portion sizes and the accompanying book, Sammie & Sax in the Land of Quinoa: The Search for a Balanced Meal teaches kids all about healthy eating and includes recipes and a teaching guide so it continues through later in life.

  1. Cookbook

Going right along with the dishware, buying your child a cookbook will help him or her understand what is going into everything we eat. Talk to the child about healthy foods and what impact sugary foods has on oral health. Many cookbooks show how to make sweeter foods in more healthy ways by using Stevia or applesauce as a sweetener. Cookbooks are available at any big box retail store, online, or in book stores. If you want to make it really special, including tooth-healthy copies of some family recipes in the back of the book.

  1. Play-Doh Doctor Drill ‘n Fill Playset

Play-Doh Doctor Drill ‘n Fill Playset

For children that aren’t quite at that age yet where they understand receiving healthy gifts from Santa, try the Play-Doh Doctor Drill ‘n Fill playset. This will allow children to understand the importance of teeth, and what can happen if they don’t take care of them. It can also work to help ease you child’s fear of the dentist, because they have been one! It’s a fun, easier way to acquaint them with the idea that someone is going to be looking inside their mouths.

Sometimes a healthy gift isn’t practical or it isn’t really what you want to give, but it is the best option for either your budget, or the future of the child. It is also a great way to hint about a particular health aspect.

5 Tips to Keep Your Kid’s Gums and Teeth Healthy

Dental hygiene is critically important for self-esteem, social success, and career success – so it is important to start young! Even though we may think that our children have teeth that are just going to fall out, so there is no real reason to take care of them, that isn’t true.

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Here are 5 tips to keep your kid’s gums and teeth healthy :

  1. Start Children Early.

Did you know that 1 in 4 children will go to kindergarten with signs of tooth decay and poor tooth health? How about that over half of children under the age of 15 have at least one cavity? Dental care is important, as mentioned above, because their teeth are linked to their early social development. Teaching your child how to care for his or her teeth is important because they will continue to do so as they get older, limiting the trips to the dentist. Dental care should start as soon as the child get his or her first tooth. Start by using a damp cloth after each meal (you can buy them in the baby aisle if you want specific ones). As the child gets more teeth, move to a baby or toddler specific toothbrush. Once your child turns two, you should start letting him or her do most of the brushing and flossing twice a day, though you should monitor.

  1. Encourage Rinsing

Though most dentists recommend brushing after every meal, that isn’t always practical. If your child cannot brush or floss after a meal, encourage them to rinse out his or her mouth with an antibacterial rinse that is approved for children. This will counteract the buildup of plaque and staining. Make sure your child doesn’t swallow the rinse and that he or she uses it for at least thirty seconds.

  1. Tongue Cleaning

The tongue is a major source of bacteria that causes bad breath and general mouth problems. A dirty tongue will increase the amount of bacteria in your mouth that will end up causing more damage to the teeth and gums. Teach your child how to use a tongue scraper to remove plaque. This might be an activity you have to help him or her with for a few more years, as it requires a mirror.

  1. Replace Toothbrushes Often

Just like the tongue, teeth, and pretty much everything else, your child’s toothbrush will build up bacteria over time – no matter how often you rinse it and how well you dry it off. To stop the nasty pattern of mouth to toothbrush to mouth bacteria trades, replace the toothbrush or the electronic head at least every two to three months, more if you live in a humid environment.

  1. Use Fluoride

Fluoride is used to help teeth become stronger and resist tooth decay. Soft teeth have a tendency to wear down faster and get more cavities. Using a fluoride rinse (once your child is age appropriate – check the labels or talk to your dentist) in addition to regular oral health care will help your child in the long run. If you are worried about fluoride rinses, water is a great source of it! If you aren’t sure if you water is treated with fluoride, ask your local water authority or talk to your dentist.

The best tip of all is to keep up with regular visits to the dentist. As your child gets older, it will help him or her feel safer around the dentist and will keep oral health a top priority. There are many dentists that cater to young children, but a family dentist will know how to work with your child as well.