February is the perfect time to help children brush up on good oral health habits. To help you cope with the endless amounts of sugar and candy that inevitably comes with Valentine’s Day, we have a great solution! The National Children’s Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Dental Association, raises awareness about the importance of oral health every February and we’re excited to join the efforts in educating our little ones at His Precious Angels (HPA) about the importance of maintaining healthy teeth.
This week at HPA, we have an exciting science experiment planned for the children. We’re calling it the “Egg-Cellent Teeth Experiment.” Here’s how it works:
What We’ll Need:
- Hardboiled Eggs (4)
- Clear Plastic Cups (4)
- Water, Vinegar, Orange Juice, Coca Cola
- 5 Days
We’ll have four hardboiled eggs. The first egg will be put into a cup of water, the second into a cup of coca cola, the third into a cup of vinegar, and the fourth into a cup of orange juice. Over the course of the week, we’ll ask the children questions as we observe the effects of the various liquids.
The children may wonder how an egg has anything to do with their teeth. But we’ll ask the following questions and more to get them thinking.
- What does the shell do for the egg? (protects the soft inside, etc.)
- Does that remind you at all of your teeth?
- Do you remember what the soft inside of your teeth is called? (dentin)
- Why do you think your teeth are covered in enamel?
- What would happen if the enamel was damaged or had holes in it?
At the end of the week (Friday), we’ll unveil the eggs to the children as a way to show how acid interacts with calcium to cause tooth decay.
Of course, putting an egg in water, vinegar, orange juice and coca cola isn’t exactly the same as not brushing your teeth, but the chemical reaction caused by these substances interacting is very similar to what happens between the acid in your child’s mouth and his/her teeth.
Are you doing anything with your children to learn about dental health this month? Leave a comment and let us know what you’re doing. And thanks for stopping by!