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It’s easier than you might think to enforce good dental hygiene in ways kids love! From animal puppets to water play, here are a couple ways to get kids comfortable with key Dental Supplies. You’ll help keep them healthy for years to come when you incorporate these activities at community events and visits to your local schools. Plus, you’ll gain recognition and referrals for being the practice who cares about pediatric dental health.Toothy-Hippo-1

Hippo Teeth

Inviting kids’ favorite animals into dental hygiene lessons increases the chances they’ll stay engaged. And who better than a tooth-y hippo to serve as your demo puppet? You can make a fun craft just like the one posted on kidssoup.com that will make a fun game out of brushing and flossing! Follow the simple steps in the diagram. Make several demo puppets to replace worn and torn ones and keep them on hand to have kids gently brush and floss the teeth.

Tooth Brushing Dental Supplies Station

Using trays of water or a sink, provide each child with a tube of Toothpaste, Floss, a cup, and half a white egg carton to represent teeth. Experiment with dirtying “teeth” with watercolor, play dough, or pieces of food, which you then instruct children to remove with their Dental Supplies. Kids love water play, and this dental hygiene game is about as close to real life brushing and flossing as you can get.

Looking for dental-themed rewards to encourage little ones’ dental health? Consider Dental Stickers, Sugar-Free Lollipops, or other small Toys.

As these tips show, dental hygiene can be far from boring with the right tools! Don’t forget to teach parents these tips to help kids establish good dental health habits that last a lifetime. What pediatric dental care activities work for your patients? Share in the comments!

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