Our teeth are supposed to serve us for a very long time. This is one of the reasons why teaching good dental hygiene should begin at a young age. However, it’s no secret that kids learn best when they’re having fun. As a result, dental toys can be an effective and enjoyable way to teach kids about teeth and why they need to practice good dental hygiene.
Crocodile Dentist is a fun dental game that encourages kids to take turns pushing on the crocodile’s teeth until they find a sore one. When a sore tooth is pushed the crocodile snaps. This toy helps parents to have discussions about why a tooth may be sore and what steps can be taken to avoid sore teeth. It also makes it easy for parents to discuss cavities and what causes them.
This is a wind-up toy that chatters. Children can put different things on the teeth and use a toothbrush to brush the teeth. This teaches children how to brush their teeth and allows them to see the immediate benefits of clean, stain-free teeth. Parents can help children by giving them suggestions on the best ways to brush the chatter teeth to get them clean. These teeth are also a simple source of entertainment, particularly for very young children, to keep the discussion light and carefree while parents discuss dental health.
Tooth Model Cross-Section
This is an interesting toy that allows parents to show their children the anatomy of a tooth. Children get to see the different parts of a tooth as a tool to help them understand why proper dental hygiene is necessary. The tooth separates into two parts and has labeled areas that help children to learn vocabulary, identify biological structure, and learn scientific inquiry. The inner parts of a tooth are clearly labeled and illustrated. It also comes with an activity guide that includes facts about teeth and tips for good dental hygiene. This toy helps parents to explain what’s inside a tooth and what can cause a tooth to hurt when good dental hygiene isn’t being practiced.
Play-Doh Drill ‘N Fill
This toy gives children the opportunity to practice what a dentist does when they fill cavities. It comes with a head that has several areas where teeth can be formed out of Play-Doh and placed inside the mouth. It also comes with an electric drill, tweezers, a dentist tool, a mirror, braces roller, and a toothbrush presser. This toy is a fun yet effective way to teach children what cavities are and how dentists typically correct them.
The tongue is not often discussed or covered when it comes to good dental hygiene. However, taking care of your tongue is also an important part of practicing good dental health. This toy allows children to practice brushing a big slimy tongue. Parents can use this toy to discuss why keeping your tongue clean is an important part of dental health, just like brushing your teeth. It’s also a source of laughter and fun because the tongue is wiggly and slimy.
Although good dental hygiene is a serious topic, it can still be taught in a fun and entertaining way. Tooth-related toys give children an opportunity to learn all about teeth in an enjoyable non-threatening way. The games open up discussions and invite questions from curious young minds. These toys also give a parent an opportunity to place emphasis on practicing good dental hygiene in a manner that doesn’t nag or come across like a lecture. They also help parents introduce the value of good dental health in a manner that’s pleasant, educational, and amusing.