Filling up a stocking is very easy business when you make your way through the candy aisle and fill your cart with candy canes, chocolate bars, and every other sugary delight imaginable. However, when you’re looking for other ways to make the holiday morning special without offering an overdose of sweets, you may feel a little bit lost. This is where we come in, your trusty dental team! We are happy to answer common questions about making it through holiday shopping, so stockings are hung on the chimney with dental care in mind!
Questions and Answers
Question: I like giving at least a little bit of candy when I fill stockings for the holidays but I don’t want to go overboard. Are there ways to offer a little sweetness without relying on sugar alternatives?
Answer: Good for you for keeping dental care in mind. Yes, you may wish to look for treats that combine a little sugar with good-for-your-smile foods, such as cocoa-covered nuts.
Question: I don’t mind the idea of sugar alternatives but I don’t like artificial sweeteners. Are there any good options I’m unaware of?
Answer: As a matter of fact, xylitol is a natural sweetener that also happens to be helpful for your dental care. Look for candy and gum and even drinks sweetened with xylitol for a yummy indulgence, while preventing tooth decay!
Question: What can I do for children who might not get too excited about a regular toothbrush in their stockings but for whom I want to avoid too much candy?
Answer: Consider throwing a toy or two into the mix. Or, if you want to offer some smile protection, look for exciting dental hygiene gifts in the hygiene aisle. Anything with a fun design or wacky flavor (such as watermelon toothpaste) is going to quickly turn into a favorite.