Well, did your kids’ teeth survive the Halloween sugar onslaught? Hopefully their next visit is all smiles and zero fillings. Here at Goliad, we like November a lot because it’s a month between the candy attacks of Halloween and the December holidays. Of course we also like November because of Thanksgiving – keeping teeth clean […]
A fun way to teach your kids about the types of teeth is to name each one and have your kids stand in front of a mirror and either touch each tooth with their fingertips or the tips of their tongues. Since Thanksgiving is on the way, you can relate each tooth’s “job” to your child’s favorite Thanksgiving item.
Start with the canine teeth – they’re the teeth that are in the corners of your smile, and they’re used grasping and tearing meats like turkey and ham. In between the canines are the incisors, which cut foods like corn on the cob. In the back of the mouth are the molars, which are perfect for grinding up veggies like green beans, and between the molars and the canines are pre-molars, which make a flat surface that’s great for eating pumpkin pie.
After you’ve taught your littles about the different tooth types, it’s also a great opportunity to show them why brushing and flossing is so important because of their teeth’s different shapes.