A child’s early years are the perfect period that knowledge of dental health should be learned. During this early developmental stage, positive attitudes on proper dental habits should be cultivated. You should make it a habit of mentioning the benefits of maintaining the health of teeth.
As a parent or caretaker you should mention the advantages of healthy teeth for smiling, speaking and chewing food. Part of having a healthy body includes maintaining a healthy mouth. There are many resources which include dental crafts and activities that can assist children in improving the health of their teeth.
Dental Activities and Crafts
Discussion topics with your children should include flossing, consuming tooth friendly foods and tooth brushing. Fun activities and crafts related to dental health should keep the children’s attention glued to the principles learned. Coloring of tooth pictures, rhyming and creating charts that focus on tooth brushing are some examples of fun activities to look forward to.
There is an endless list of activities that kids can engage in. Depending on the level of adaptability and skill of the children, each child can have something interesting to do. Brushing our teeth two times a day ensures that our teeth remain healthy. It is also recommended that we brush our teeth after taking snacks, sweet foods and drinks.
Foods that are rich in calcium like milk and yogurt are healthy for teeth. Crunchy foods like celery, apples and carrots have a natural cleaning action on our teeth. Apart from taking our children for regular dental visits, other activities that can benefit the dental health of our children include reading story books on dental health. Children can use little mirrors to examine and count their little teeth. One important tip is to animate the teeth and discuss their health needs.
A helpful suggestion is to use a picture of a sad tooth and a happy tooth. Activities that maintain dental health like flossing, brushing teeth and eating healthy foods should be reiterated. Ask questions like- what food do our teeth prefer? Or why is milk healthy for our teeth?
Ask questions on what makes the sad tooth sulk. Let the children list the foods that make the tooth sad. It is important to note that if the tooth continues taking unhealthy tooth food, it will decay.
Talk about foods that cause cavities and decay. Using crafts animate these causes such as soda, sticky candy, sweets and cakes. Let the children create two groups of foods, one for the sad tooth and the other for the happy tooth.
Crafts and songs for healthy teeth
Choose a short animated rhyme or song on brushing teeth. Let someone get to dress as a dentists and mention the benefits of maintaining healthy teeth. Discuss the benefits of brushing your teeth twice a day.
Outline the choices made by the healthy teeth. They only choose to eat healthy foods and they floss every day. To keep your smile beautiful, eat apples, carrots and other crunchy foods. Don’t forget to eat foods rich in calcium like milk and yogurt.