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13 Funny Children's Books about Brushing Teeth

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Brush, Brush, Brush!

A simple, rhyming story is just what your toddler needs! Grab this sturdy board book to read as soon as your baby's first tooth breaks through the gums. Lively illustrations of all sorts of people brushing their pearly whites reinforces this important dental hygiene routine!

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Best Books to Get Toddlers to Brush Teeth

Establishing good dental habits at an early age will pay off in the long run. Preventing cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease starts with taking care of that very first white tooth that makes its appearance. While it is necessary for parents to do all of the brushing in the beginning, the end goal is to raise a child who is independently motivated to take care of his or her teeth. By the time a child visits a dentist for the first time, they should already have an established oral hygiene routine. Reading children's books about brushing teeth can give your child just the push they need. 


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Why Should I Brush My Teeth?

An easy-to-understand book with fun, interactive flaps all about the importance of brushing your teeth. A recommended book for the preschool crowd that explains all the benefits of brushing teeth in terminology they will understand.



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Brush Your Teeth Please

Super cute pop-up book featuring a variety of animals taking care of their teeth. Sharks, chimps, lions and other critters brush and floss with precision. If you are having difficulty getting your toddler to comply, this book may just do the trick. 



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No Rushing When Brushing

This title says it all. Rushing will surely not get the job done the right away. This helpful book explains all of the important reasons why it is important for your children to take their brushing their teeth. There is a second story included in this picture book about what to expect when visiting the dentist.



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Ready, Set, Brush!

An interactive book for toddlers with tabs to lift, wheels to spins, and other moving parts that mimic tooth brushing. Join Elmo, Zoe, and the rest of the Sesame Street crew as they cover all the important steps in taking care of their teeth. 



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Do Superheroes Brush Their Teeth?

A bouncy, rhyming read-aloud that highlights all the ways superheroes are just like you and me. So when they are not out saving the day, rescuing people in distress, and doing all of those other fantastics things that make our world a better place, superheroes brush their teeeth! And read books, take baths, go to school, and live quite ordinary lives.



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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Let's Brush Our Teeth

Fans of Daniel Tiger will love this novelty book all about brushing your teeth. It even comes with toothbrush made from card stock for readers to brush Daniel's teeth while reading the story.



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Pony Brushes His Teeth

This sturdy board book is ready to withstand the fumbling hands of your toddler. Read along as Pony mimics his father activities all day long. They both eat A LOT of food which requires them to practice good oral hygiene.



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Tiger's Toothbrush

A shaped board book about a little tiger who is learning the proper way to brush. In easy-to-understand terms, readers will get a basic introduction to taking care of their teeth from start to finish.Toddlers will love pressing the sound button to hear lots of cheering and praise for a job well done. 



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Caillou: I Can Brush My Teeth

Written with the help of a pediatric dentist, I Can Brush My Teeth is a helpful board book for toddlers learning how to be independent. Caillou has decided it's time to brush his teeth all by himself. Even better, he demonstrates perfect technique. This book may just be the motivation your child needs. 



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The Teeth that Looked for a New Mouth

Uh oh! Luke is a good boy in every way but one- he doesn't like to brush. In fact, his not-so-pearly-whites decide it's time to find a new home, one where they'll be cleaned and cared for properly. A fun, creative story that brings teeth to life and showcases the importance of treating them right. Included is a handy guide for parents struggling to get their kids to cooperate.



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The Tooth Book

 Consider this to be an all-inclusive tooth-care guide, chock full of tips and tricks for keeping your child's teeth sparkly white and cavity-free. Everything is covered in entertaining and straight-forward detail. Kids will learns how to care of their teeth, what to expect at the dentist, the stages of losing your teeth, and more!



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Help the Lion Brush His Teeth

It's been a very long since Lion has cleaned his teeth! And he needs a lot of help from the readers to restore his pearly whites to their original glistening condition. This fun, interactive picture book engages toddlers in the entire process until Lion's teeth are finally nice and white. A fun and entertaining book that will inspire little ones to brush, floss, and take care of their own teeth, as well.


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When Toddlers Should Have First Dental Check Up

By the time a child turns 1, or within six months of the first tooth eruption, you should take your toddler to the dentist. This is the advice of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. By the time your child is 2, you should begin the routine of dental checkups every six months. Then around 4 years of age,  the dentist will begin doing more in-depth examinations that include taking x-rays to identify signs of cavities lurking between the teeth and in those hard-to-reach molars that have appeared. By the time kids are 5 or 6, they can expect to start losing their baby teeth and, if they're lucky, get a visit from the tooth fairy.


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Tips to Get Kids to Brush Their Teeth

There are a lot of variables that play into the oral health of little kids. Some kids are more genetically prone to developing cavities than others. But there are also lots of lifestyle choices that can affect teeth. Most parents know that avoiding or minimizing intake of sugary snacks and frequent brushing can both contribute to strong, healthy pearly whites. Here are some other eye-opening facts to consider when thinking about setting a child up for longterm oral hygiene habits.

  • Dentists recommend that people brush their teeth for 2 to 3 minutes for best results. Yet most only brush an average of 45 to 70 seconds per day. Just taking a couple of extra minutes can help tremendously in removing food and plaque build up. Speaking of time devoted to brushing, people with good oral hygiene routines will spend about 38 days over the course of a lifetime brushing their teeth.
  • Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in a human's body. This substance that covers teeth is stronger than any bone and has a higher percentage of minerals than any other tissue. And yet while other tissues are reparative, tooth enamel is not. For this reason, it is extremely important to do everything to take care of this protective coating.
  • Parents should brush the first baby tooth that pokes through. Apply a tiny smear of fluoride to a soft brush and gently brush the little tooth twice a day. A small wet cloth could also be used to wipe the teeth instead of a brush. Devoting just a couple of minutes a day will go a long way in preventing tooth decay in those little baby teeth.
  • Flossing is important from the time two teeth are touching. About one third of teeth are buried in the gums. Flossing helps keep the gums healthy and strong, and in turn is beneficial for the teeth that lie beneath. Also, remember that flossing covers about 40% of the tooth surface, so don't skip out on this important step.


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