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
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.