A tooth fell out, and left a space
So big my tongue could touch my face.
And every time I smile, I show
a space where something used to grow.
I miss my tooth as you can guess
But then, I have to brush one less!

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I remember when my teacher in elementary school made a teeth-brushing chart for us kids to fill out each day in hopes we would all develop a lifelong ritual of properly brushing our teeth. It was like a competition to me. I made sure I did everything on the chart so I could check it off at school. Isn’t hands-on science fun!

Do your kids know how to brush their teeth correctly? Here is a good guide for you to use to teach proper brushing.

How to Brush:

  1. Hold the brush with the bristles pointing toward the gums.
  2. Move the brush so it sweeps over the gums and teeth toward the biting surfaces
  3. Brush the teeth of each jaw separately – the upper teeth downward, the lower teeth upward.
  4. Use a scrubbing motion to clean the chewing surfaces.
  5. Brush the inner as well as outer surfaces.
  6. Brush each area at least 10 times.
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