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Dr. Zana Alnaqib and our team at Smiles by Design want to wish our patients in Scottsdale, Arizona, a healthy, happy, holiday season. This holiday season, you can give yourself and the people you love the gift of a healthy smile.

Three Smile Facts You Should Know

— Tooth decay affects 60-90% of teenagers and adults (World Health Organization).

— 75% of adults have some type of gum disease (American Dental Association).

— Tooth decay is the most common disease among children in the U.S. (The Academy of General Dentistry).

Take heart, the good news is that these conditions are all preventable. So, this holiday season, while gingerbread cookies, candy canes, and egg nog surround you and your family, take some steps to give them the gift of good oral health.

Sugarless Stocking Stuffers

Toothbrushes: Stock up on soft-bristled toothbrushes that are gentle on the gum line and tooth enamel. Kids sizes come in all kinds of themes to entice them to brush their chompers.

Toothpaste: Kids will do well with fluoride toothpaste to fortify enamel. Fun toothpaste for your child’s smile come in all kinds of fun flavors: strawberry, watermelon, cinnamon, bubblegum, citrus, berry and even chocolate anti-cavity fluoride toothpaste.

Dental Floss: Waxed or unwaxed? Flavored or unflavored? If floss doesn’t appeal to your child, maybe try interdental cleaners like picks or sticks to remove plaque between teeth.

Sugar-Free Gum: Freshen breath and stimulate healthy saliva production which bathes teeth and gums and washes away bacteria.

Whitening Strips: These can help refresh and brighten your teen’s smile.

Water Flosser/Oral Irrigator: If your child just isn’t flossing, consider investing in a water flosser.

Electric Toothbrush: If you are worried that your child or teen isn’t brushing properly, electric toothbrushes can provide ease of mind for you and effectively cleaner teeth for them.

Dr. Zana Alnaqib and our team in Scottsdale, Arizona, are excited to help you and your family have good oral health throughout the year. Please call 480-359-2227 today and give your loved ones a smile-filled holiday!