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Stocking-stuffers to boost dental health
Updated: 12/15/2011 7:00:19 PM

First, along with the chocolate coins and other candies that find there way into stockings, add in some gum containing the natural sweetener, Xylitol.  

This holiday season, it's important to remember that all of the added treats require special attention to be placed on dental health. People who find themselves running low on things to put in their loved one's stocking should consider sticking some teeth-friendly items in there. While that may seem like a crazy idea, here are a few suggestions for things that are both fun and promote good oral care.

First, along with the chocolate coins and other candies that find there way into stockings, add in some gum containing the natural sweetener, Xylitol. Studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum stimulates saliva production, which can help rid the mouth of leftover food particles.

Next, for kids who hate brushing their teeth, buy an assortment of fun-flavored toothpastes. Let them try out different ones so they can choose which one they like best, which will let them feel as though they are in control of the situation and may encourage them to brush more often.

Finally, toothbrushes come in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes. People should change their toothbrush around every three months or so, but not everyone gets around to it, which is why a few extra brushes can make a helpful stocking-stuffer. 

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