Experimenting with your teeth: The Plaque Challenge

So I was reading a magazine and came across a section of cool activities for the family, involving experiments with your teeth. This one seemed to be pretty cool not only for adults but especially for children that are having a hard time understanding why brushing and rinsing is so important.

This experiment will demonstrate the importance of brushing your teeth to avoid plaque buildup.
What you’ll need: food coloring, water, measuring spoons, tooth brush and toothpaste

The activity

  1. Mix 3 to 4 drops of your choice of food coloring in a few tablespoons of water
  2. Have your child swish around in their mouth for 10 seconds then spit it out
  3. Show your child were the food coloring stuck to their teeth indicating that there is plaque buildup in that area.
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4 Ways to Keep a Healthy Smile

Here they are …

See your hygienist: Having routine cleanings, two times a year, helps to promote good oral health. When cleanings become irregular or skipped it leaves room for the development of periodontal disease. This can cause swelling and receding and/or bleeding gums. As far as health goes, it can affect and contribute to health conditions such as stroke, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and attacks , sleep apnea and premature births in pregnant women. A routine cleaning can help not only to remove stains and tartar from your teeth but hygienists can screen for other health conditions such as oral cancer. Read more »