July 7, 2021
Are you homeschooling your child? It’s important to teach your little one about dental health. Showing them how to care for their teeth and explaining the importance can instill habits that will set them up for a lifetime of good oral health! Your Wichita Falls dentist shares a few ways you can teach your child about their smile.
Sometimes, it can be hard to communicate the importance of dental health to your little one. They may find it uninteresting or be unable to grasp why it’s so critical. Luckily, there are many fun books about teeth that can help get them excited about seeing their dentist and ease any anxiety they have regarding their oral health. Jan and Stan Berenstain, Marc Brown, Dr. Seuss, and Mercer Mayer are a few children’s authors with great books about dental checkups and losing teeth!
Movies, Shows, and Online Entertainment
Is your child not a fan of reading? No worries – there are several movies, shows, and YouTube videos that are just as effective at helping you teach your child about their oral health. For example, SciShow Kids is a YouTube channel with plenty of educational videos. They’re short and jam-packed with information – perfect for little ones with a short attention span! If you want to add a little humor to your lesson, show your child fun movies like Tooth Fairy and Tooth Fairy 2.
Experiments and Activities
Here are two wacky experiments about dental health that are perfect for homeschool:
The “Plaque Attack” experiment helps children visualize what sugar does in their mouths. First, get two clean, empty cups. Fill each one with a cup of warm water and two teaspoons of yeast. Then, add one tablespoon of sugar to just one cup and stir thoroughly. The yeast will activate with the warm water and sugar and grow “plaque”. As you discuss the experiment, be sure to explain how the sugar in our mouths creates plaque too, and they can avoid a “plaque attack” by brushing twice a day.
A Toothy “Eggsperiment”
This experiment involves using four boiled eggs and one raw egg to show how certain foods and drinks affect our teeth. Submerge two boiled eggs in a dark soda (i.e., Pepsi or coke), the other two in coffee or tea, and the raw egg in a cup of vinegar. Let them sit overnight.
The next day, your soda and coffee eggs should have a deep yellow or brown colored stain. You can explain how those drinks can have a similar effect on our teeth. As for the raw egg in vinegar, the shell should dissolve and result in a soft and squishy egg. You can use this egg as an example of what happens when bacteria eat away teeth. Wrap up the lesson by explaining how your little one can protect their teeth with proper dental care and regularly seeing their dentist.
These are just a few ways you can teach your child about dental health while homeschooling. Try them out and help your little one maintain a healthy smile for life!
About the Author
Dr. Majid Sharolli has a passion for simultaneously improving his patients’ oral health and quality of life. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Today, Dr. Sharolli is proud to provide exceptional dental treatments that help patients achieve optimal oral health, including children! For more ideas on teaching dental health while homeschooling, visit our website or call (940) 322-5297.
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