‘Smile healthy’ holiday gift ideas for all ages

December 17, 2013

Here are some ideas for gifts and stocking stuffers that are not only fun, but will help protect the smile of a friend or family member:

‘Smile healthy’ stocking stuffers

  • Sugar-free gum or mints
  • Single-use toothbrushes, preloaded with toothpaste (Ex: Colgate Wisps)
  • Travel size dental floss, mouth rinses, toothpastes, toothbrush and toothbrush holder (can be packaged nicely in a travel bag too!
  • New toothbrushes (cartoon characters and bright colors are popular for children
  • New toothpaste and/or mouth rinses in fun flavors
  • Hourglass timer in fun colors for kids to time brushing
  • Tooth fairy pillow/box
  • Sports mouth guard (in team colors)
  • Zoom! Whitening pens
  • Electric toothbrush
  • A gift certificate for professional Zoom! teeth whitening

Another idea is to offer to pay for (or a portion of) a dental procedure your loved one has been putting off due to lack of funds or dental insurance.


A cavity-free Halloween

October 22, 2013

Halloween is just around the corner! I recently came across a candy alternative for school parties or your trick-or-treaters … involving fruit: http://underconstructionblog.typepad.com/under_construction/2010/10/halloween-fruit.html. For more tips and ideas, read my blog article, “A cavity-free Halloween

Smiles By Baker

Americans are projected to spend $2 billion on candy this Halloween. Try to avoid the sticky, chewy, hard and crunchy treats. Soft and sticky candies stick to the teeth, giving the decay-causing bacteria time to decay your teeth. Hard candies dissolve slowly in your mouth, coating your teeth with sugar for a long period of time. They can also chip your teeth and cause choking in younger children. Some Halloween candy alternatives:

  • Animal crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Stickers or temporary tattoos
  • Pencils, pens or erasers
  • Small packs of crayons
  • Bubbles
  • Plastic jewelry
  • Play-Doh
  • Lip balm

Can you think of any others? Post a comment with your ideas for alternatives to Halloween candy.

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Foods for good oral health

June 25, 2012

Many of the foods you eat to build strong muscles and bones also help build strong teeth and gums.

Dairy products—Provide calcium and vitamin D for strengthening teeth and bones.

Breads and cereals—Contain B vitamins for growth and iron for healthy blood, both contribute to healthy gum tissue.

Fruits and vegetables—Include vitamin C (among other important vitamins), which is essential to maintaining healthy gums.

Lean meat, fish, poultry and beans—Supply iron and protein for good overall health, as well as magnesium and zinc for healthy teeth and bones.


Smile friendly Easter candy

March 28, 2012

Easter Bunny listen up!

Candies to avoid completely:

  • Hard candies like suckers, jaw breakers and Jolly Ranchers because they are in the mouth longer, exposing teeth to sugar over a longer period of time, which leads to decay.
  • Chewy candies such as jelly beans, fruit chews and gummy bears. They can weaken or pull out sealants and fillings.

Dentist approved treats:

  • Sugar-free gum
  • Chocolate bunnies (plain chocolate won’t stick to teeth like other candies)
  • Sugar-free candy
  • Toothbrushes (cartoon characters and bright colors or an electric toothbrush)
  • Stickers or temporary tattoos
  • Coloring books/crayons
  • Comic books/magazines
  • Lip balm

Tips to eliminate cavities:

  • Eat just a couple pieces a day
  • Brush and floss after eating candy

A cavity-free Halloween

October 17, 2011

Americans are projected to spend $2 billion on candy this Halloween. Try to avoid the sticky, chewy, hard and crunchy treats. Soft and sticky candies stick to the teeth, giving the decay-causing bacteria time to decay your teeth. Hard candies dissolve slowly in your mouth, coating your teeth with sugar for a long period of time. They can also chip your teeth and cause choking in younger children. Some Halloween candy alternatives:

  • Animal crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Stickers or temporary tattoos
  • Pencils, pens or erasers
  • Small packs of crayons
  • Bubbles
  • Plastic jewelry
  • Play-Doh
  • Lip balm

Can you think of any others? Post a comment with your ideas for alternatives to Halloween candy.