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Dr. Edwards' Blog

Have your kids been naughty or nice to their teeth?

If you've seen the holiday TV special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, then you know that Hermey the Elf is very excited about becoming a dentist. He loves teeth and he thinks everyone should know how to take care of them.

Hermey, along with the American Dental Association, put together this Healthy Teeth Checklist for kids who need a reminder of how to keep their mouths healthy.

Brush your teeth two times a day for two minutes. Even the boss elf brushes his teeth for two minutes, two times a day!

Eat healthy snacks. Like fruits and vegetables. It’s not good for your teeth when you eat sticky candy or sugary cookies.

Avoid drinking sodas, juices and sports drinks with a lot of sugar. Rudolph and Santa’s Sleigh Team always drink lots of water with fluoride in it. That’s why they have such strong, healthy teeth.

Protect your teeth by wearing a mouthguard whenever you play any sports. Rudolph and the reindeer never play games without wearing their mouthguard!

Visit your dentist. Just like Hermey, your dentist wants to help you take care of your teeth. Going to the dentist and getting your teeth cleaned is very important. Why? Because yucky plaque can stick to your teeth and make a hole in your tooth. This is called a cavity. Hermey doesn’t want you to have a cavity because it can make your tooth hurt.

Remember it’s never too late to be nice to your teeth. A healthy mouth is good for your whole body.  Now that’s the kind of joy that makes Santa Ho-Ho-Ho!

Here are more fun family activities featuring Hermey:

Take Hermey the Elf's Trivia Quiz

Color with Hermey - Print out coloring sheets for your child. 

Enter the Sweepstakes. You could win a Hermey prize package.

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