5 Activities to Teach Your Kids about Oral Health
1. Read to Your Children: Books have always been a way to relay important information to children. From potty training to sharing, there’s a book out there to help your little one become a better-rounded person as they grow. Books on proper oral health will teach your children to brush and floss regularly, as well as watch out for dangerous habits that cause cavities and tooth decay.
2. Set an Example: Young children’s brains are like sponges, which means they take in what they witness their guardians doing and saying. Set an example for good oral health by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash where your child can see. This can be a fun morning and nighttime routine that you and your child can do together.
3. Play Make Believe: Children love games that mimic real life, so why not set up a dental office right in your home? Use stuffed animals, dolls, and action figures as the patients and practice brushing (no paste or water!) and flossing on their smiles. You can be the dentist while your child plays the assistant for a controlled but hands-on game that’s super informative.
4. Make Happy Faces with Snacks: Snack time can be an informative time as well. Use healthy snacks to make fun faces and teach your child how each food can strengthen their smile. Use a paper plate and give them ideas on how to create different faces out of simple foods like carrots, celery, fruit slices, popcorn, and more. This is a great opportunity to differentiate between junk foods and health foods.
5. Toothbrush Paintings: Using a toothbrush, some construction paper, and paint, you have a fun painting project that teaches your child about proper brush movements. Make different pictures using circular brush movements, left to right brush movements, and up and down brush movements. Then, explain which of these movements is best for keeping teeth bright white and clean.