Orthodontic Care for Children and Teens

‘Tis the season! Time for family, friends, feasts, and of course, gift-giving. Here at Burleson Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, we want you to remember that it’s easy to incorporate dental health into the holiday season. We all want our kids to continue to enjoy good oral health so get ready, moms. When you’re shopping for gifts for your loved ones, add these ideas to your list and check them off one by one!


#1: Stocking Stuffers

This year, try something different as stocking stuffers. Limit the number of “naughty” sweets that you typically give out and instead, opt for nice, healthier things like sugar-free sweets, nuts, cheeses, and dark chocolate. 

Here are some other great ideas that are the perfect fit for stockings: 

  • Spin Brushes or Firefly LightUp Timer Toothbrushes 
  • Travel-sized tubes of toothpaste and toothbrushes 
  • Teeth-whitening strips (for in-between dental cleanings) 
  • Chewable mouthwash tabs 
  • Sugar-free, enamel-strengthening chewing gum


#2 Go Natural

Looking for something more organic to give for oral health care? Try Tom’s of Maine toothpaste, mouthwash, and oral care products. They are cruelty-free, meaning no animal testing and they contain no artificial colors, flavors, fragrance or preservatives. My kids love the Silly Strawberry and Fruitilicious flavors from Tom’s of Maine. 


#3 Healthy Snacking for Kids

Parents, give your kids the gift of healthy snacking every month! Sign up for a subscription service such as Happy Family Organics, where products are specifically chosen for your child’s dietary needs, or a membership program like Thrive Market, which offers more than 6,000 organic and non-GMO products. Imagine your child’s excitement when your healthy goodies box arrives every month – it’s like opening presents year-round! 


#4 Quality Dental Products

You may think it’s a bit pricey to invest in a high-quality electric toothbrush or other dental products. However, it’s important to have quality products to keep up with your oral health. Electric toothbrushes, like those made by OralB, are designed to spin at a high speed and vibrate to get the most plaque and buildup off of your teeth. These electric wonders have been scientifically proven to be the most effective toothbrush, giving people cleaner, healthier mouths.

Water picks, also known as water flossers, are also great investments and are the easiest and most effective way to floss, removing up to 99% of plaque on certain areas. In addition, when it comes to gum health, water picks are up to 50% more effective than flossing, making them ideal for people with braces, implants, or other dental work. Be sure to choose an ADA-Approved appliance like Waterpik.

If your loved one is dreaming of a whiter, brighter smile, why not gift a quality electric toothbrush or water flosser?  After all, the gift of dental health is one everyone will appreciate. 


#5 Put It On Auto-Pilot

One of the most popular electric toothbrush kits on the market today is the Quip Toothbrush, which comes with automatic refills of brush heads, fresh floss, and paste delivered to your door every three months starting at $5. The electric brushes start at $25. 

The Quip Toothbrush is ADA approved and offers sonic vibration in both sensitive and silent modes with a built-in 2-minute timer, so you’re sure to get your teeth sparkling clean. This is a staff favorite at Burleson Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry and you can even get friendly check-up reminders through their app. You’ll be the Floss Boss of the family when you get hooked on Quip. A great stocking stuffer! 


Contact Us Today to Learn More About Healthier, Happier Smiles in the New Year

Start the new year off with a clean bill of health by scheduling your child’s appointment today. Our award-winning team at Burleson Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry specializes in braces for children and teens up to the age of 19 and can help ensure your child enjoys a lifetime of smiles. Contact us today!

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other orthodontic-related topics, feel free to contact Burleson Orthodontics, with three convenient locations in Kansas City, Raymore, Liberty and Excelsior Springs, Missouri.