Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Let's Play Dentist

To help you cope with the endless amounts of sugar and candy that inevitably comes with Valentine's day, we have Dental Health Month. Any holiday that comes with an upsurge of candy and sweets gets me worrying about cavities so this is a perfect opportunity to bring out some activities to help teach the kids about taking care of their teeth.


Today the kids took turns playing with tooth brushes and floss. These giant molars are made with soda bottle bottoms. They practiced brushing all around the tooth. They had to try to get the front, back, and sides of the tooth.


Then, we used this model of a mouth to show what happens when food hides where the brush can't get to it. The girls used floss to clean between the egg carton teeth to get the bits of "food" wedged in.


If you want to take your dental heath unit a little further, try dressing up like dentists. The girls had fun looking the part with hair caps, medical masks, and gloves.



Are you doing any thing with your kids to learn about dental health this month? Leave a comment and let us know what you are doing. And thanks for stopping by!

43 comments:

  1. Great ideas - love the molar idea especially!

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    1. I love all of your Ideas. I am a grandma of 3 girls. The oldest is 7 she does not want to brush. These are some fun things we can do.


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  2. oh i love this! and i save all of our egg cartons :-)

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  3. i have these bottom soda bottom moral sitting on my desk . to use monday . i made different sizes also . we started dental week yesterday and will continue next .
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  4. This is such a great idea!!!!!! Thank you!!!

    I am going to do this with my boys this weekend.

    I featured this on my blog today:
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    Blessings!
    Janiene

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  5. Thank you Janiene! I am so glad you liked it. I hope your boys enjoy!

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  6. These ideas are great! I am going to do it in my class and will let my 2 year old son do it.

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  7. This is such a great idea! Brushing children's teeth can be frustrating and this is a great way to explain it! thank you thank you thank you!!!

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  8. Great idea! What is the "food" stuck inbetween the teeth?

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  9. We used green tissue paper. But you might be able to use other stuff like pom poms or pipe cleaners. Ours was supposed to be lettuce.

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  10. Wonderful idea. My kids will surely love to play that too.

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  11. Such a great idea! It looks like they enjoyed a lot :)

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  12. Wonderful idea. My kids will surely love to play that too. dentists in burlington

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  13. JANUARY 28 2013.WHAT A WONDERFUL IDEA.ΜΥ KIDS IN MY CLASS WILL SURELY LOVE FLOSSING THOSE BIG EGG CARTON TEETH .EXCELLENT IDEA THE SODA BOTTLE MOLARS.YOU TEACH DENTAL HEALTH AND RECYCLING TOO.WITH LOVE RANIA, A PRESCHOOL TEACHER FROM ATHENS GREECE.

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  14. They are so cute. It's nice for them learning at a young age.

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  15. did you paint the soda bottles, with white paint or did you just use white toothpaste to cover the bottles.?

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  16. We are doing our teeth study on Monday and Tues. next week, these ideas are great!! Perfect for before we visit the Dentist.

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  17. Amber, I used white acrylic paint to paint the soda bottles. Be careful when it is wet, it is nit washable.

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  18. How did you get the egg cartons to stick to the paper?

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  19. These are perfect!! As a Dental Assistant, one of my duties is to do coronal polishing on kids up to age 12. I am going to make some of these and put them in my room at work!!

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  20. I am glad to tell you that working as a Colorado springs cosmetic dentist, I have appreciated the way you have started to give lesson to the children about dental care.

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  21. Excellent ideas! We will have a lot of fun this weekend:)
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  22. These are such great ideas! Is it okay if I use the flossing example for a lesson plan for 12 preschool 3 year olds?

    Thank you,

    Nancy H.

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  23. I love all of your ideas. I am going to try these with my grandchildren.

    Thank you for sharing

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  24. This is so adorable!! I should do something like this with my kids! They loved the dentist in Winnipeg and they think playing dentist is the funnest thing!

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  25. This is such a cute idea! I think that all dentists in hamilton should try this!!!

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  26. Awesome post! I really liked this. My dentist in dentist, Des Moines IA is always doing cool things with the kids.

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  27. This is an awesome idea. I really like this. I have a friend that used to work with a Brantford dentist that has been having trouble getting her kids to understand the importance of brushing. I bet this would help keep their attention.

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  28. Future dentists right there! This is a great idea to get kids active about their teeth care. Keep up the great work guys! #KidsAreOurFuture

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  29. My dentist in Medicine Hat actually told me about this month too. I am totally hopping on the band wagon!

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  30. all pics are very cute..
    thanks for sharing it..
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  31. Wow! What a great idea about how kids get information about their tooth care. I really appreciate your blog post! Thanks for this wonderful post!!
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  32. I really enjoyed this and it teaches kids how to take care of teeth. I hope I can find some dental in Calgary that does something like this.

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  33. That is great idea. I appreciate it. God bless!

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  34. This is brilliant!!! My daughter has Down syndrome. These activities would be great for most children with special needs as well as typical children. Thanks for sharing!!

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  35. Thanks for the post. I loved the idea. It is a great way to get children to learn about dental health, and its a fun way for them to learn. Thanks for the idea, happy blogging!

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  37. Nice article. With these activities kids learn more about how to take care of their teeth. Periodontist Las Vegas

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