This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Dental Association to help promote healthy teeth habits during the holiday season. All opinions are 100% my own.
Raise your hand if you’re habits typically get just a littttttle bit unhealthier around the holiday season. I see you out there LITERALLY EVERYONE.
It happens, right? Every single year the festivities begin and before you realize what’s happening you’ve eaten a third of a cookie platter from Janice at the office in a single sitting.
If you’re not careful, you can completely derail all of the healthful habits that you have been so careful to form and follow during the non-Merry-and-Bright part of the year. What’s even worse? Sometimes the healthful habits of your kids get completely derailed right along with yours.
As parents, the holidays can be a constant struggle with finding that balance between keeping things fun and festive—and also keeping up with the responsible parenting. Veggies still need to be eaten. Homework still needs to be completed. (At least somewhat reasonable) bedtime still needs to happen (most nights).
One way that we’ve started to add some balance to our holiday traditions is with our kids’ stockings. During our first holiday season, we used stockings as a place to pile on more sweet treats, more toys—just more, more, more.
Now we use our stockings to add a little bit of healthy back to the festivities, specifically by promoting healthy teeth habits by following guidelines from the American Dental Association.
After doing some research into what the ACA recommends for keeping teeth healthy during the holiday season, we’ve switched up our stocking game to help set up our little ones for a lifetime of healthy teeth habits.
5 Smart Stocking Stuffer Traditions to Start With Your Kids This Year
1. Red and Green Apples
The holidays are known for sweet treats. At almost every party, gathering, or gift-giving session, you’re pretty much guaranteed to see cookies, cakes, and candies.
When it comes to sweets to include in your kids’ stockings, fruits make a great choice for a healthy diet and healthy teeth. They are high in water and fiber, which balances the sugars they contain and actually help to clean the teeth.
We like to go with a red and a green apple—festive AND healthful!
To help keep those sweets in moderation, we also like to include a non-sweet treat in our kids’ stockings. Almonds are a favorite of ours. They have a plethora of health benefits, including ones that may help support tooth health.
Keep it fun by putting them in a festive holiday bag for healthy snacking all morning long.
3. New Water Bottle
Water is the go-to beverage in our house all year round, but we like to up the intake even more during the holiday season.
Including a new water bottle in your little ones’ stockings will help encourage them to drink up. Water is also (hands-down) the most tooth-friendly beverage available, which makes one more great reason to work it in as much as possible.
4. New Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
Tooth health is super important to us. To help our kiddos keep up on brushing twice daily, we like to include fun new toothbrushes and a fresh tube of fluoride toothpaste in their stockings.
It sounds super nerdy, but they love rushing to the bathroom to use their new toothbrushes almost as soon as they see them. You can keep it fun with a toothbrush that features their favorite character or animal. Just make sure to always look for products that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance (see above) to make sure you’re giving your kids’ teeth the absolute best.
5. Fun Dental Floss
Cleaning between your teeth daily is a MUST for great tooth health, but sometimes it can be super tricky when you’re dealing with young kids.
Keep flossing fun by purchasing flossers in bright, bold colors. For bonus points you can put them in festive holiday baggies.
After the holiday festivities is the perfect time for a visit to the dentist, which you and your kiddos should be doing regularly. For more information on how to promote healthy teeth habits—during the holidays and all year round—make sure to visit the ADA’s website.
What do you do to help your little ones have a fun and healthy holiday season?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Dental Association.