Children have 20 baby teeth and will have a total of 32 permanent teeth when they grow up. Keeping a tooth brushing chart will stress the importance of brushing daily. Draw a large outline of a person's smiling mouth on red poster board with black marker. Hang this on the wall. For every day your child brushes his teeth, invite him to glue one dried white navy bean on the gum part to look like a tooth. Use this chart like a calendar, adding a new "tooth" for every day of the month. At the end of this period, you will have a beautiful grin smiling back at you!
Making happy faces with your food is one of the many dental activities for kids that you can do with your family. Provide a variety of healthy snacks on the table. Give your children a paper plate and challenge them to create a happy face using foods like broccoli, carrots, orange and apple slices, cauliflower, nuts, raisins, etc. After they have finished their creation, snap a photo for memory and let them enjoy their edible art. This is a great time to discuss healthy foods versus junk foods. Ask why your kids think these foods provide healthy teeth and a happy face.
Visiting the dentist can be scary for children, and even some adults. To keep your children from getting anxious, remember these helpful tips:
- Don’t show your anxiety if you’re scared of the dentist yourself. Children will pick up on it and copy your behavior.
- Take them to the dentist regularly, once every 6 months. Frequent check-ups are the best way to catch problems before they become painful or need further treatment.
- You already know that a tired child can be a difficult child. See if you can schedule an appointment for the morning.
- Reward your little one. To help your child feel proud of their visit, try printing a certificate before you go to the dentist and as soon as the appointment is over, get the dentist to present it to your good little patient.