Getting children excited about taking care of their teeth can be tricky. So to take the fuss out of the brush it is best to make it fun! A toothbrush that is musical or has a handle that lights up may help or you could try using rewards or a sticker chart or playing their favourite song/s while they brush. It is important that brushing children’s teeth is part of their everyday routine, be a positive role model and stay upbeat. Our teeth do a wonderful job and picture books can help teach children the importance of looking after them.

Books

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Tooth Monsters

written by Jessica Martinello and illustrated by Grégoire Mabire

Find out why teeth need to be cleaned properly in this newly released picture book. This funny and imaginative story, with comical illustrations, introduces children to good dental hygiene. The little girl in this story doesn’t like brushing her teeth. She also believes that dentists are monsters. That’s until a real monster shows up in her bathroom and helps her to understand that dentists are really superheroes. She also learns that brushing your teeth is so important that even monsters do it!

I Don’t Want to Clean My Teeth

written and illustrated by David Cornish

Every morning and every evening, Rollo would cry, “I DON’T WANT TO CLEAN MY TEETH!” But what happens to your teeth if you don’t clean them? You might get holes! So Rollo learns how to use a toothbrush with toothpaste on it. He brushes his teeth in every direction until they are clean. The illustrations are comical and entertaining and the text is also visually effective and engaging. David Cornish is an Australian author and illustrator, and this title was first published in May this year.

 

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I Want My Tooth!

written and illustrated by Tony Ross

The Little Princess has a wonderful set of sparkling white teeth – she brushes them every day and eats the right foods too. So when one of them falls out, the hunt is on to find it. The Little Princess wants her tooth back, and she wants it NOW! Where she (thinks she) finds it is very funny and surprising. The illustrations are vibrant and entertaining. The story is full of humour and perfect for reading aloud.

How to Brush Your Teeth With Snappy Croc

written by Jane Clarke, illustrated by Georgie Birkett

This is a board book about brushing teeth that features a sweet baby crocodile. A little girl teaches Snappy Croc how to brush her teeth. From squeezing out the toothpaste, to brushing round and round and showing off her sparkling smile at the end. The two characters look like they’re having a lot of fun. The text is playful and rhyming and the illustrations are bright and cheerful. Snippy and snappy, the pace is upbeat and the positive language encourages children to brush.

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Songs

Brush, Brush, Brush Your Teeth

(Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Brush, brush, brush your teeth

Gently round your gums.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

Brushing is such fun!

Brush, brush, brush your teeth

Brush them every day.

The front, the sides, the back, the top

To keep decay away!

Brushing Teeth

(Tune: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

Here’s my toothpaste

Here’s my brush

I won’t hurry, I won’t rush.

Making sure my teeth are clean

Front and back and in between.

When I brush for quite a while

I will have a happy smile!

Crafty Idea

Let’s make a happy tooth cup holder. A happy tooth needs toothpaste and a toothbrush.

You will need:

  • Paper cup
  • White card
  • Popstick
  • Crayons or textas
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Wiggly eyes (optional)

Method:

  • Print a tooth template onto white card.
  • Draw a happy face onto the tooth.
  • Add wiggly eyes with glue.
  • Cut out the tooth shape and glue onto paper cup.
  • Colour in and cut out an image of a toothpaste tube.
  • Make a toothbrush using a popstick and white card cut into a rectangle shape.
  • Make vertical cuts in the card for the toothbrush bristles.
  • Glue the brush bristles onto the handle (i.e. popstick)
  • Pop the toothpaste and toothbrush into your cup holder.

Did You Know?

Children need help with brushing their teeth up until the age of eight. Happy brushing!