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Giant Teeth Cleaning Exhibit Teaches Kids About Oral Health

Cute little child brushing teeth, isolated on whiteTeaching kids to care for their teeth is not always the most joyful task. But thanks to a new interactive exhibit at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, it finally can be.

Michigan Live reports that the exhibit, called “Chew On This!”, is funded by the Delta Dental Foundation. Their $25,000 grant opens the opportunity for elementary-aged kids to visit the exhibit and get up close with dental health.

“Good oral health is closely linked to overall health and school and life success. That’s why teaching children at an early age about taking care of their teeth and mouths is so important,” Teri Battaglieri, Delta Dental Foundation director, said in a press release, according to Michigan Live. “We are proud to partner with Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum in order to give thousands of children an outlet to learn about oral health in a fun and enriching setting.”

While 84.7% of children ages two to 17 visited a dentist between 2014 and 2015, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this exhibit might increase their understanding of what exactly goes on in the human mouth. According to the museum’s website, visitors can explore a giant lower jaw that has cavities, fillings, plaque, and swollen gums. Children can also put on dental coats and use large toothbrushes, floss, and dental instruments to clean the teeth.

Visitors are also encouraged to interact with a grocery store simulation, where they face the challenge of choosing teeth-friendly foods. Teeth explorers can then hop over to the Teeth Discovery Center where they can try out microscopes, magnifying glasses, and dental tools.

The museum also has resources available for students and teachers eager to take a bite out of this learning experience. According to the museum’s website, the Delta Dental Foundation also provided $20,000 for field trip grants. If you are an educator of preschool through fourth grade students, you can apply for field trip funding online.

The “Chew On This!” hands-on exhibit was produced in collaboration by the Delta Dental Foundation and Impression 5 Science Center. The exhibit will be open through December.

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