Getting kids to brush their teeth eagerly is a heroic task — goodness, why should they have to do it again if they just did it yesterday? I’m all for a good hack that’ll make children more invested in their oral hygiene, and this one from Agnes Hsu of Hello, Wonderful comes though.
There are some funny stuffed animals out there with human-like sets of teeth (such as Flossisaurus), which are meant to teach kids about proper brushing and flossing. But they’re pricey (and yeah, maybe a little creepy).
Hsu had the idea of making one herself. She bought a teeth model, which you can find for a few bucks online, and stuck it in the mouth of her son’s stuffed dinosaur. Here’s a video of the simple DIY project.
“I went for a ‘real’ set of teeth because I wanted my son to experience and learn tooth brushing in as real of a way possible,” she writes. She had her son floss the teeth, making sure he did so properly. Here’s a one-minute flossing technique from a dentist, in case you need a refresher.
Hsu taped the teeth sample into the dinosaur’s mouth, but you can also use hot glue or Velcro strips. Any stuffed animal with a large open mouth with do — maybe a dolphin or a dragon or even a little girl.
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