Toothy Toys in Baltimore

Children can learn from toothy toys, such as a build-your-own rocket electric toothbrush which will encourage other children to practice good dental hygiene. The exhibit, “Open Wide! Toothy Toys That Made Us Smile,” is featured at the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore, Md. Drs. Joel H. Berg (Wash.) and Mary J. Hayes (Ill.) shared their comments in this article.

"These tools make it fun for children to realize good oral health and allow parents to have a fun device to introduce the child to brushing their teeth,” said Berg.

“Using a calendar with stickers to reward kids for brushing their teeth and using positive reinforcement help to make dental hygiene feel like a game instead of a chore,” Hayes stated.

The exhibit is available to the public now through Jan. 31, 2011. To continue reading the USA Today article, visit


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