If you have a preschool aged child, now is the time to teach them a great routine for standard tooth care. Small children are very impressionable, often mimicking their elders, so it is important to keep up with your own tooth care so they will have someone to show them the ropes.
Here are some fun tasks you can use to coincide with hands-on care, allowing your child to grasp the fundamentals needed to keep their own teeth healthy and clean:
Teaching About Brushing
Most children enjoy brushing their teeth, but having them see a visual model of what can happen if you do not brush properly can help them learn why it is important. Hard-boil several eggs and allow them to cool completely.
Place a few mugs with staining liquids, such as tea, coffee, and grape juice, on a table. Have your child dip an egg into each mug and leave it there for several hours. Have your child remove the eggs so they can see what acidic materials do to the enamel of the teeth.
Let your child put toothpaste on a toothbrush and have them brush the teeth to remove the stains from the surface of the enamel. Talk about how hard it was to remove the stains after they had settled. Repeat the procedure by having the child dip the eggs in the liquids, and then have them remove them after a minute or two.
The color is not as dark, and the toothpaste will remove stains easily. This will teach your child why it is important to brush right after having a meal.
Teaching About Floss
Most children have difficulty flossing correctly, as it takes find motor-skills to get the floss between the teeth. Have them practice with a model when they are first learning the concept. To build a model of teeth to floss, cut apart a cardboard egg container so each egg enclosure is used to represent a tooth. Have your child paint them with white paint.
Draw a vertical oval on a piece of poster board and glue the egg container pieces upside-down, to the top and bottom of the oval to represent the top and bottom of the mouth. Draw a tongue in the middle. After the egg carton pieces are in place, use bits of colored clay to wedge between each "tooth". This will represent food. Have your child use dental floss and tooth picks to try to get all the clay out from between the egg carton pieces. Tell them they are not allowed to use their hands!
Contact a company like North Ridge Dental Clinic if you want to know more.