Teaching Kids About Tooth Decay Using Household Items

As parents try to encourage healthy dental habits, it’s often difficult for children to grasp the severity of the consequences when dental hygiene is neglected. Thankfully, Star Smilez has come up with a great way to demonstrate tooth decay using an apple and other items you have around the house.

What You’ll Need

To put together this tooth decay demonstration for your children, you will need:

  • 2 apples
  • 2 paper bags
  • A sharpened pencil
  • A sharp knife

Demonstration Instructions

  1. Use the pencil to poke a hole in one of the apples.
  2. Place both apples in separate paper bags and leave them for at least 24 hours.
  3. After 24 hours, remove the apples and use the knife to cut both of them in half. The control apple should appear normal, while the punctured apple has begun to decay.

Explaining The Results

Once the apple’s skin is broken, it allows for bacteria to get in and eat away at the apple. The apple’s skin represents tooth enamel, protecting the tooth from harmful bacteria. The hole poked into the apple represents a cavity in the tooth. The brown decay of the apple shows how quickly a tooth can decay once enamel wears off and a cavity is present.

Protecting Your Child’s Tooth Enamel

In an effort to strengthen the enamel of your children’s teeth, ensure they are brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste. Your children should also be flossing each day to ensure that all bacteria and food particles are removed. Flossing helps prevent bacteria from causing tooth decay. It’s also important that your child regularly sees the pediatric dentist for exams.

For more questions about tooth decay and strengthening tooth enamel, contact Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry.

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