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13 May
                           

The Best Teeth Games for Kids

                           

Getting your kids to brush their teeth is difficult, but having fun is.

Teeth games for kids help parents avoid the brushing battles before bedtime and after they get up. Introducing dental-driven activities can also set up good oral habits in toddlers and help older children understand why it is essential to look after their teeth.

Here are a few ideas for injecting some fun and interest in dental care for the youngest members of your family.

Add Music to the Moment

Toddlers can not pay attention for long, but according to the IDA, brushing their teeth properly should only take two to three minutes and should be supervised by parents. That is the perfect time to play their favourite pop song or one you composed yourself.

When kids know they hear a fun song when they brush their teeth, they will be more motivated to do it. You could sing a favourite nursery rhyme, too, and even change the lyrics to make it about brushing teeth. For example, “Baa, baa dirty teeth, I will make you clean—up, down, up, down, back and forth three times ’round.”

Eggs-Periments

Teeth games for kids can include simple experiments to help them learn about how different foods affect their teeth. According to the British Dental Health Foundation, eggshells are full of calcium, which is also found in teeth, and they react to food acids and fluoride similarly.

Place hard-boil eggs in boiling water for 10 minutes, then let them cool before putting them in different liquids to see how they decay.

Put one egg in soda and one in water for eight to 13 hours. Rinse both eggs in clean water and press the shells with your fingertips. The egg exposed to soda will feel soft.

You can try the same experiment with different liquids, such as milk, vinegar, and orange juice, and compare the results.

Paint thick toothpaste stripes on an egg and leave it for four days. Wash off the toothpaste and soak the egg in soda overnight. The areas covered in toothpaste should feel harder than the unprotected areas.

Board Games

To create a simple board game about dental care, you need a pair of dice, some counters, a large sheet of paper, and a pencil.

Create a series of question cards that quiz kids on teeth, dentists, oral health and other related subjects.

Have the kids roll the dice, move to the appropriate square, and answer a question. Each time they get one right, they get to roll again. The goal is to move from one side of the board to the other, be the first to land, and answer the question on the final square. Your board could even be in the shape of a mouth, and each square is a tooth. Once you have played through a few times and exhausted all the questions, let the kids create more questions by looking up facts online or at the local library.

Play these games as they are, or adapt them to suit your family.

When it is time for your kids to take responsibility for their dental health, they will have fond memories of fun times with Mum and Dad learning about looking after their teeth.