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Good oral health care starts in the home. Part of that is about teaching your young children about their mouth. You probably know, however, that an online article or a lecture won’t really help your child learn about it. Here are some better ideas:

Mouth Self Portrait:

Gather a mirror, some crayons, a sheet of paper and a well-lit area. Ask your child to look in the mirror, open their mouth and tell you what they see. They may say teeth, gums, tongue, or the roof of their mouth. If they have trouble naming some of the things they see, ask them to point to it while you tell them the name. Then ask them to draw what they see and label each part of the mouth.

Taste Test:

Gather edible items which are sweet, sour, bitter or salty. Help your child to see their taste buds on their tongue in the mirror. Tell them that these bumps send messages to the brain about what food tastes like. Have them try each food and ask whether the food is sweet, sour, salty or bitter.

Cavity Spread:

The fact that cavities are bad may seem obvious to you, but children who have never had a cavity may have a more difficult time understanding. To help them, draw a tooth using a colored Sharpie on a paper towel. Then place a dot on the tooth with a watercolor based marker and tell them that “This is a cavity”. Spill a little bit of water onto the dot and say “This is what happens when your tooth is exposed to deserts or sweets.”

If a member of your family is ready for a checkup in the San Diego, California area, you can call Soudabeh Sharafi DMD at 858-259-1400 for an appointment with Dr. Soudabeh Sharafi.