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Learning about Dental Hygiene

Posted on 05/14/20 by Amanda in Early Childhood

Dental hygiene is so important to instill in young children. It's so much harder to change habits once they are formed, so start now with establishing toothbrushing routines, sometimes foods, and keeping teeth as healthy as possible!

Toothbrushes are also a great tool for learning about dental health in a fun environment. We have a few ideas for you!

Tooth enamel experiment
Question: Why is soda (or coffee, tea, juice) bad for your teeth?

Process:

  • First, grab two eggs (white ones are preferable). Eggshells mimic the surface of our teeth well and are a fun way to teach kids about dental hygiene and health.
  • Put the egg into both water and your sugary drink.
  • Let them sit for a few hours or overnight.
  • When you pull the eggs out of the liquid, the difference will be striking! The egg in water will likely not have changed much, but the other one will be changed. It might have turned brown or taken on the color of the liquid it was in.
  • Ask your child to use the toothbrush to clean the egg. Compare if water or toothpaste work better to help clean the egg. They will see how important it is to get all of the "sugar bugs" out of our teeth each day.

Toothbrush Painting
Use the toothbrush as a painting tool. Experimenting with a toothbrush in a fun way can make handling easier when it comes time for toothbrushing at the sink. Plus, the small handle encourages fine motor development.

Household maintenance (and responsibility, too!)
Toothbrushes are also great cleaning helpers! Refresh your shower grout with a mix of lemon juice and baking soda. Scrub on with a toothbrush, let sit, and wipe away. Science experiments can teach AND be helpful around the house!

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