3 Toys that Make Dental Care Fun for Kids

December 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — gepediatric @ 3:54 pm
Little girl playing dentist with a blue plush dragon

As a parent, one of your most significant roles is caring for the health and well-being of your child which includes their teeth and gums. Unfortunately, many kids get nervous about visiting their pediatric dentist, especially if it’s their first appointment and they aren’t sure what to expect. Did you know, though, that there are dental toys that can help? Keep reading to learn about 3 fun options that can help your little one learn how to better care for their teeth!

Toy #1: Model Teeth

Play is a great way to introduce new concepts to children, so why not incorporate it into their dental education? There are several choices including wind-up chomping teeth, plushies, and teaching models. If your child struggles with brushing and flossing their pearly whites every day, an informal demonstration on the playmat can help them become more comfortable with the process. They may not be old enough to understand concepts like cavities and gingivitis, but you can talk with them about how important it is to keep our mouths clean. Then, when it’s time for their hygiene routine, it’s already familiar to them and they’re more likely to willingly participate.

Toy #2: Dental Kit Playset

There are plenty of toy kits with wooden or plastic versions of dental tools. They can contain everything from fake forceps, tweezers, mirrors, and stethoscopes to pretend mouths with removable teeth. If your little one has an upcoming appointment, purchasing a set for them to explore eliminates some of the fear of the unknown. You can show them how dentists use each piece of equipment so that when it’s their turn, they’re less afraid. They’ll already have an idea of what the instruments are and what they do which can alleviate a lot of their anxiety.

Toy #3: Tooth Fairy Dental Plush Doll

If your child prefers cuddly stuffies then they’ll adore this cozier alternative to model teeth. These huggable dolls are as soft as their other stuffed animals but have one major difference. Instead of a cute snout or smiling face, they have happy open mouths full of bright pearly whites. The choices range from magical unicorns to grinning lions to chomping alligators, so you’re sure to find one that your little one will enjoy. Many come with their own, cartoony toothbrushes so your kid can practice, as well as a pouch to store any lost teeth while they wait for the tooth fairy at night.

Introducing oral hygiene to your child through toys is a wonderful way to teach them to care for their smile as they grow!

About the Practice

At Glen Allen Pediatric Dentistry, our team of dental experts will do everything possible to put them at ease while improving their dental health. With over 30 years of experience providing a wide range of services, we can provide customized care that’s both fun and educational. We take into account the unique personality and needs of each child and tailor our approach accordingly. You’re welcome to request an appointment on the website or by calling (630) 858-8755.

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