If you are wondering what exactly you should to do celebrate your charming chompers, here are a few ideas:
READ A BOOK! Shocking, coming from a librarian, eh? There are actually quite a few books about teeth for all ages. Here are some suggestions:
Sweet Tooth by Margie Palatini
- Stewart's loud, obnoxious sweet tooth constantly gets him into trouble, until Stewart uses a healthy diet to take control of the situation.
- At the urging of her family, Louise, a young alligator, tries hard to kick her biting habit.
- William is the only one is his class who doesn't have a loose tooth story, until finally he loses his first tooth, but when he goes to get it from the teacher, it's not there.
- Madlenka, whose New York City neighbors include the French baker, the Indian news vendor, the Italian ice-cream man, the South American grocer, and the Chinese shopkeeper, goes around the block to show her friends her loose tooth and finds that it is like taking a trip around the world.
- Find out what beavers and other animals do with their teeth.
You also might want to liven up the month with a few crafts related to teeth, or possibly a trip to the dentist (maybe as simply an introductory visit), a special trip to the store to buy a new toothbrush, or visit a local museum that has a dental display (those in the Lansing area - go to Impression 5 and get your picture taken in the big mouth!!!). You don't have to focus just on human teeth... checking out a dinosaur exhibit and looking at those huge teeth can be fun too! Lastly, count everyone's teeth in the family, including pets, and make a chart (just be sure to wash your hands before and after if you do that activity)!
Possible craft ideas are: use an old tooth brush to paint a picture; make a tooth pillow to use for "tooth fairy" collection; those plastic daily pill containers make a great 'teeth keeper' - you could buy one and decorate it; make a smile collage with pictures cut from magazines or old photos. For more great ideas, check out these web pages:
DLTK Crafts - Dental Health Month
Smile Michigan's website
First School's February Activities Page
And remember, Keep Smiling!!!