Kid’s Dental Experiments Promote Excitement about Dental Care

Parents, there are lots of fun things that you can do with your kids to teach them about dental care.

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry has listed experiments compiled by teachers to help parents teach their kids about the importance of dental health. Try one of these three experiments with your children – learning and fun is sure to follow:

For children as young as five years old, this simple experiment requires three hard-boiled, white eggs, a cup of water, fluoride toothpaste and two cups of soda:

  • Coat one egg’s shell with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Put one egg in a cup of water, one in soda, and the one with the toothpaste coating in another cup of soda.
  • Let the eggs sit for a day or two. The egg dipped in soda alone will turn brown, but the toothpaste coated one will be protected.

This experiment not only shows the importance of using toothpaste, but it also highlights the   damage that soda can do to teeth. This is good for kids to learn early on, so that as they grow,they understand that eating and drinking too much sugar can affect their dental health.

This fun experiment from HealthyTeeth.org shows kids how acid affects bones, using two clean chicken bones, a container and a bottle of white vinegar.

  • Pour a bottle of white vinegar in a large container, and let the bones sit in it overnight.
  • Have your kids examine the bones the next day to see how they have weakened, due to the acid in the vinegar.

Be sure to tell your kids that bones are rich with calcium, just like their teeth.

Kids Soup suggests teaching children rhymes about cleaning teeth and the dentist, so that they won’t be afraid of oral care professionals. The information provider posted one song to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” as an example:

The dentist says please brush your teeth

to have a healthy smile.

Up and down and up and down

Brush them twice a day.

The dentist says please floss your teeth

to have a healthy smile.

In between and back and forth

Floss them once a day.

The dentist says please eat good food

to have a healthy smile.

Carrots, apples and crunchy food

Clean your teeth all day.

You can also check out our kid’s dental activities, available for free. Remember, good oral health habits start when kids are young, so, it’s important to encourage children to get involved with their dental care now.

What do you do to make dental care fun for your children? Share with us in the comments section below!

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