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February marks Children’s Dental Health Month – what better time to teach your little ones the importance of taking care of their teeth? I’m sharing some of the best books, crafts, and resources that I found to help get you and your children in the habit of brushing, flossing, and heading to the dentist for regular check-ups.
Crafts and Activities for Children’s Dental Health Month
BitsyCreations has a great counting teeth game for preschoolers to enjoy.
Grab some old toothbrushes and dry-erase markers. Serendipity from Jewels shared her fun craft to encourage children to brush their teeth.
Need a way to get rid of some two-liter bottles? Check out this great idea from Sense of Wonder – what a great way to get your kids to practice brushing the tops, backs, fronts, and sides of their teeth!
What’s the fun of studying teeth if you don’t mention the Tooth Fairy? Love Those Kinders has some fun ideas for tooth fairy crafts!
Over at The Nature of Grace, Michelle incorporates some sensory play while learning about teeth. Check out her great toothpaste factory activity!
Books for Children’s Dental Health Month
Looking for some great books to help reinforce learning about taking care of your teeth? These are some of our favorites!
We love this classic tale of the mouse dentist who even fixes a fox’s tooth!
Sid the Science Kid: A Cavity is a Hole in Your Tooth
Learn about cavities with Sid the Science Kid.
Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth
Maisy books have been well-loved in our house for years. This story follows Maisy and her friends on a trip to the dentist.
The Tooth Book
This book that teaches about dental health is perfect for kindergarten students and up.
Brush, Brush, Brush
Toddlers and preschoolers need encouragement for brushing their teeth, too! This is one of our favorite board books.
Do your kids have a sweet tooth? Stewart’s sweet tooth screams for cake and candy at the worst moments!
The Berenstein Bears Visit the Dentist
Everyone loves the Berenstein Bears! This story follows them to the dentist where Brother Bear gets a tooth filled.
Fabulous Farrah and the Sugar Bugs
Imagine Fabulous Farrah’s horror when she discovers that the Sugar Bugs have ruined her smile — right before school pictures.
Magic School Bus and the Missing Tooth
Mrs. Frizzle and the gang explore what teeth do.
Open Wide, Tooth School Inside
It’s time to welcome the new class of molars, incisors, and the wisdom teeth to tooth school!
Truman’s Loose Tooth
Do your children have loose teeth? Truman’s Loose Tooth is a perfect story to let them know what to expect.
Throw Your Tooth on the Roof
In the United States, we have the Tooth Fairy. Find out traditions for lost teeth all over the world.
Tools You’ll Need for Great Dental Health
Flossing is important for getting rid of food, debris, and plaque in between teeth and at the gum line. Standard floss is difficult for kids to maneuver, but you can use these fun flossers instead.
When I switched to an electric toothbrush, my kids were fascinated. I soon purchased one for each of them as well. They love them, and I think they do a better job of keeping their teeth clean.
In our home, we’re big fans of the Tom’s of Maine brand. My kids love the Strawberry version.
We’ve only recently started using a mouthwash with the kids, but I’m addicted to my Listerine!
To help remind your kids to thoroughly brush their teeth, why not try this helpful visual reminder? This timer has countdowns for brushing teeth and washing hands.
Other Resources for Children’s Dental Health Month
Don’t miss these additional ideas!
Do you have favorite resources you use to teach your children about dental health? Be sure and share them in the comments!
|Dianna Kennedy is the mother of six, writing at The Kennedy Adventures. She shares resources for Catholic homeschooling, including the list of Catholic saints her children will study this year. You’ll also find advice for managing a large family, like tips for managing smoother mornings with your kids. Connect with her on G+, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.|
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