Dental Health Through Music

8439906688_fb4226512fMust Love Kids provides the best dentistry for children Vancouver WA has ever seen. Why? Because we take a creative approach to great, preventative healthcare for kids.

At our clinic, teaching good oral hygiene habits doesn’t mean a dry lecture that has our small patients running for the door. Instead, we engage kids by using different avenues of teaching– from science, to art, to make-believe– to music!

Children are naturally drawn to music, and it’s a phenomenal way to learn, too. These simple songs and musical tricks are guaranteed to bring that healthy, happy, smile to your small patients face in more ways than one.

Repurposing old favorites

Many people sing to their kids at home, but we’re not all songwriters– in fact, very few of us are. If your child loves songs, but you get stuck on the first note, you can use a familiar melody.

For example, this song is a great teaching tool, sung to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star:

Here’s my toothpaste
Here’s my brush
I won’t hurry, I won’t rush.
Working hard to keep teeth clean
Front and back and in between
When I brush for quite a while
I will have a happy smile.

Simple, right? Row Row Row Your Boat, Mary Had a Little Lamb, The Itsy Bitsy Spider— all these songs have simple, familiar tunes… and with a little creativity, can be repurposed for dental health!

Here’s one more, to the tune of I Had a Little Pony, His Name Was Dapple Grey:

I have a little toothbrush.
I hold it very tight.
I brush my teeth each morning,
and then again at night.
I go brush, brush, brush
And rinse, rinse, rinse,
And then when they’re all clean
I will blow you a kiss.

For more great songs in this vein, check out some more here.

Steal a move from the media

Children’s shows often have a PSA bent where lessons and life skills are addressed. If you, like many parents, have found themselves beached on a couch in front of Sesame Street and beside a mesmerized toddler, take heart– you can learn something too.

Here are some great tooth brushing songs from our favorite characters:

(Just don’t show them Steve Martin as the dentist in Little Shop of Horrors!)

Music and oral health has endless possibilities

There are any number of ways you can utilize music as a teaching tool with your kids, and as a way to make daily oral care fun!

  • “sing” or hum the same song while you brush teeth together (or while you brush a younger child’s teeth). This creates a nice tradition, plus it ensures that you’re brushing for an appropriate length of time!
  • Do you have a piano? Talk about how the keys look like teeth, what the black keys could mean (are they cavities? or the absent windows left by fallen baby teeth?). Play the piano’s teeth together.
  • Ask your child to come up with her own tooth brushing song and practice it on a doll, stuffed animal, truck– whomever she chooses!

And remember, we’re always here for advice, suggestions, and to answer any dental questions that come up. We look forward to seeing your little patient at his or her next appointment!

 

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