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GUM: Naughty or Nice Dental Habits?

26 Nov

With Thanksgiving over and Holiday parties starting, it’s hard to avoid a sugar overload. It is important to keep up with positive dental habits, especially when it comes to young children. Will your child’s dental habits put them on Santa’s Naughty or Nice Dental Habits List this Holiday Season?


  • Eating sticky and sugary snacks like candy
  • Not brushing teeth before bed
  • Only brushing for a few seconds
  • Brushing without adult supervision
  • Using the same toothbrush all year-long
  • Using an adult-sized toothbrush
  • Ignoring any white spots on teeth
  • Waiting until a child is in school to visit the dentist


  • Eating healthy snacks like cheese and fruit
  • Brushing at least twice per day, most importantly at night
  • Brushing for two minutes: one minute for the top teeth, and one minute for the bottom teeth
  • Parents helping kids brush their teeth by showing proper techniques and ensuring they are brushing long enough
  • Replacing toothbrush every three months
  • Using a child-sized toothbrush designed to effectively clean small teeth
  • Going to the dentist as soon as a white spot appears, since it is the first sign of a dental cavity
  • Making a child’s first dental appointment when s/he turns one or gets his/her first tooth

Last year the girls received GUM Crayola timer light toothbrushes in their stockings. They love brushing their teeth but they are never good about brushing for the suggested amount of time. The toothbrush made brushing their teeth fun and knew they were done when the light went off. This year Santa will be bringing the girls GUM toothbrushes again. GUM Brand has many fun types of toothbrushes for kids whether it is motorized, has a cool design, or lights up. Some of our favorites for this holiday season (click each image to find out the features of the brush):

Suggested Retail Price: $2.99

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Suggested Retail Price: $5.99

Have a happy holiday season with lots of bright smiles!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I received samples for the purpose of this post. All opinions expressed are my own. All information about dental hygiene and the selected toothbrushes came from GUM.