Little Timmy loves a lot of things. He loves riding his bike around the neighborhood with his dad, he loves watching reruns of Sesame Street and singing along with Elmo and Big Bird, and he loves being able to tie his new light-up shoes without the help of a grown-up. But most of all Timmy LOVES sugar—any kind of sugar really. Sometimes Timmy’s mom finds him munching on two or three cookies at one time, which he effectively stole from the cookie jar and hid in his room. Sometimes Timmy even trades his carrot sticks for sour patch kids at lunch! Timmy’s poor mother doesn’t know what to do about her son’s sugar-addiction. She needs some great advice from the best family dentistry in Indianapolis. We've come up with 5 awesome ways to teach your kids about dental health!
Learning About Teeth can be FUN!
1. Tonya the Tooth
As crazy as it sounds, fictional characters can teach kids more than we think! Kids love to learn by observation and stories, which is why the children’s entertainment industry is doing so well. By creating characters, whether simply in spoken narratives, storybooks, or T.V. shows, kids like Timmy are able to relate to the characters and learn first-hand how good dental health will benefit them!
2. Fantastic Flossing
Flossing may seem like a hassle at times for adults. However, the world is bright and new for children, and they’ll latch on to any activity that seems to resemble a game. So make a game out of flossing! See how thoroughly your child is able to floss and keep track of the time it takes them to floss between every tooth. Maybe they’ll beat their record—heck, maybe you will too! Here at Prime Smile Family Dentistry in Indianapolis, we realize the importance of creating a fun, relaxed environment for teaching dental health.
3. Tooth Fairy Fun
While most adults have outgrown the Tooth Fairy (no judgment if you haven’t), kids still find wonder and magic in the idea that a mythical creature with sparkly wings comes at night to take your old teeth and leave money! However, instead of simply bringing up the Tooth Fairy once your little one loses their first tooth, talk to them about why the Tooth Fairy picks up teeth before hand! Tell them how important it is to keep their teeth clean and healthy so the Tooth Fairy wants to leave them cash!
4. Healthy Snacks Activity
Instead of just telling your child what they should and should not eat, print out pictures or make sculptures out of Playdough that resemble certain foods. You can make a game out of helping your child choose which of the two or three foods is the least healthy option for his or her teeth. For example: you present your child with a group of three foods, a celery stick, a loaf of bread, and a cupcake. If your child chooses the correct item, they’ll earn a few extra minutes of T.V. time, a fun sticker, etc.
5. Singing Toothbrush
Brushing teeth can be a bore, and your child may want to quit before they even begin! With singing toothbrushes, however, your child knows when to start and when to stop brushing. They even have a fun tune to jam out to while they do it! If you really want to get into the spirit, buy a singing toothbrush of your own and have a little party!
Prime Smile – Fantastic Family Dentistry in Indianapolis
Here at Prime Smile Family Dentistry in Indianapolis, we want nothing more than to help your children maintain healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime! Our specialized dentists have ample experience working with children and adults alike, and both of our offices happily accept Medicaid! If you’re ready to start teaching your children the importance of dental care, call our offices today! You can reach Prime Smile West (317) 925-2810 or Prime Smile East at (317) 322-1840.