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Personal Hygiene for Kids-Oral Health

The importance of taking care of one’s teeth can not be over estimated. Teaching children oral health starts very young. The American Dental Association actually recommends that a child visits the dentist by their first birthday or as soon as the first tooth appears. With young kids, it can be very difficult to get them to cooperate by opening their mouths widely, etc. Conrad is the one who takes care of the children’s mouths each evening which includes flossing and brushing. He has come up with many schemes by telling them stories and the like. It gets especially interesting if you name the toothbrush. Here is an easy, low-cost experiment to do with your children who will understand this at a very young age.

Take two apples. Explain that these are two “teeth”. The apple peel is like the tooth enamel. Take a fork and stab it into the one apple numerous times telling them that these holes are bacteria. Now set both apples on the counter for the next few days and see what happens. You will soon discover the one apple who was poke numerous times with a fork will have begun to rot. Explain that this is exactly how it is with teeth. If you don’t floss and brush your teeth will soon rot.


Hygiene 4 Kids

It is very important to teach kids healthy habits. Here is a favorite one at our house. The proper length to wash one’s hands and get rid of the germs is the time it takes to sing the following twice.

“Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday Dear ____________! Happy Birthday to you!”

Not only is this a simple principle to teach, kids love it! And knowing their hands are clean…

Fun Hygiene Teaching Activities 4 Kids

Here is a fun eye-opening activity to teach children how germs spread. First of all pretend to sneeze. Then dip both hands in washable paint. Walk around the room touching different items. Have the children notice how everything that was touched has been painted. This is how it is when one’s hand has germs on it. Every time you touch an item these germs are passed from one thing to another. Have the children find each spot, counting and cleaning it up explaining to them how when we wash our hands properly this prevents the things around us from becoming “painted” by harmful germs that can cause sickness.