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01/07/2011

Super heroes, princesses and cartoon characters, all do their part to help attract kids to good...dental hygiene habits?

USA Today shares information on "Open Wide! Toothy Toys That Made Us Smile," an exhibit at the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore showcasing toys used to attract the attention of and promote proper hygiene to kids from the 40s to today.

So what's changed since the Golden Era? It's unlikely that many kids today will want a Hopalong Cassidy cowboy toothbrush as the Disney Princesses and Spider-man are the hygiene ambassadors-emblazoned on toothbrushes and more-for today's children.

The attraction is more than just a feature of toys: Museum director Jonathan Landers says that the exhibit is meant for kids and adults to enjoy together and that each of the toys is accompanied by information that explains its role, as public-health messages about oral hygiene progressed over time.

How do you encourage your young patients to brush, floss, and take care of their teeth? Toys, treats? Has that changed over time? Let us know in the comments.

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