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February is Dental Health Month. Here are some related Vroom tips below that are great for sharing via social media, websites, newsletters, consultations, etc. If you’re looking for tips to promote dental health, give these a try! More tips can be found on the Daily Vroom app and the Vroom webpage.
Mirror Play for ages 1 to 2: Brushing your child’s teeth? As you look in the mirror, talk about how your faces are the same and different. You both have two eyes and a nose, but yours are bigger. You both can make funny faces. Make a funny face and see if you can make him/her laugh!
Brainy Background: Comparing how your faces are the same and different helps your child learn to sort objects and experiences into categories. Sorting information into categories is important for reading, math, and science. And this game builds the connection between you!
Toothy Wonder for ages 1 to 2: When you’re brushing your child’s teeth, look in the mirror together. Talk about how your teeth are the same and different from his/hers. For example, you have more teeth, and bigger teeth, but you both can make funny faces. Follow your child’s lead and talk with him/her about what he/she notices.
Brainy Background: Comparing things that are the same and different will help your child sort her experiences into categories and make connections-skills that are important in reading, math, and science in the future. This also builds his/her connection with you!
Toothy Twosome for ages 2 to 3: When brushing your teeth, have your child be your partner. Let him/her brush his/her own teeth first, then give him/her your toothbrush so he/she can help brush yours. Ask, “Can you help me brush my teeth? Can you brush the ones in the front, and then the ones on the sides?” Take turns!
Brainy Background: Sharing a moment and taking turns is one of the most important ways you can promote your child’s learning today and in the future.
From our Vroom archive and the Daily Vroom app:
Tube Talk for ages 2.5 to 5: Your toothpaste tube may not look like much, but it can be a great conversation starter with your child. Ask him/her what letters he/she sees on the tube. What colors are on there? What color is the paste that comes out? What does the tube remind him/her of? Can it be a microphone?
Brainy Background: When you and your child take turns pointing out letters and colors on the toothpaste tube, you are inviting him/her to pay attention to details as you turn an everyday routine into a learning experience.