Are you all excited about Valentine’s Day and can’t wait to see the look on your children’s faces when you hand over their special Valentine’s presents? Does the realization that you want to see those smiles but you don’t want to load your children’s teeth up with sugar cause you some hesitation? Don’t worry – there are fun ways to celebrate this love-filled holiday without negatively affecting oral health.
Idea #1: Give Colorful Gifts
What a wonderful time to give your little ones brand new toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss. Particularly since you can be sure they will come home with candy and cookies from their school friends. Seek out red or pink dental accessories, like a red or pink toothbrush, red cinnamon toothpaste, and red or pink dental floss for a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day without forgetting about oral health.
Idea #2: Go For Breakfast-Time Fun
Rather than packing your child a cookie or candy in his or her lunch, consider having a special breakfast (the remains of which will be promptly brushed from their smiles). Heart-shaped pancakes are always a fun way to start Valentine’s Day! Berry-flavored syrup in a shade of pink or red is a wonderful touch.
Idea #3: Offer Up Some Lip Balm And Gum
When handing a box of chocolates to your son or daughter makes you cringe, consider alternative sweet gifts that aren’t dangerous for oral health. For instance, lip balm is moisturizing for lips and comes in a variety of yummy flavors. Sugarless gum is another sweet option that is actually beneficial for teeth. (Note: These are best for older children).