When it comes to keeping your family healthy, feeding them great food is a great start. But there are so many other parts of raising strong, healthy kids. One of those things happens at least twice a day and can often take a back seat in the busy schedules most families are currently rocking nowadays: tooth care. It even sounds less than vital when you say it. Those tiny pearly whites in your kids’ heads demand proper attention daily. Unfortunately, too many kids fight against a parent’s best effort to scrub, shine, and rinse those tiny teeth.
One of the best ways to help kids learn the importance of caring for their teeth is to make the learning process fun. There are several children’s books written on the topic, with three being our family’s favorite. Better yet, you don’t just have to sit on the couch and turn paper pages! Listerine Kids website is also a great online resource to get kids excited about brushing and rinsing!
Brush Your Teeth Please, Reader’s Digest
- This brightly colored pop-up book is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers that might be less than thrilled about brushing, flossing, or rinsing their teeth 2-3 times daily. With lots of loveable, kid-friendly art, this book offers parents the perfect opportunity to introduce the importance of caring for teeth, without it turning into a dull lecture.
The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist, by Stan & Jan Berenstain
- Perhaps the Berenstain Bears are a classic from your own childhood. Perhaps it’s a new read for you and your kiddo. Nevertheless, the Brother and Sister Berenstain are always a welcome way to teach important lessons to kids ages 5-8 with a thoughtful, storytelling approach, and the warmth of words that always feel nice when coming off of your lips.
Cassandra Gets Her Smile Back, Sherri Alpert
- Kids who love the bright colored, modernistic graphics of current cartoons will love the vibrant art in Casandra Gets Her Smile Back. Better than bright colors, is the helpful story contained in this book, complete with a friendly introduction to every kids favorite (or least favorite) person…the neighborhood dentist.
- If you’re one of those digital folk with kids that prefer a computer screen to a paper book, check out the Listerine Kids website for great tips on oral hygiene, which are divided into age groups for ease of use and learning. Printable dental care charts and coupons can also be found on the website, making this a great resource for parents and kids alike!
I received products from Johnson & Johnson as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Kids Cavity-Free School Year Program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Click here to see more of the discussion.