Whether you’re looking to help teach your child about proper dental hygiene, reduce their fears about dentist visits, or just looking for fun-filled sets, dentist toys can bring lots of benefits and excitement to playtime. Which is why choosing the right kind of toys is just as important as playing with them. Dentist playsets and accessories should provide fun solutions to your challenges, and they should give kids the chance to explore any storytelling possibility that they can imagine.
So, what can dentist toys teach children? Aside from leaving every doll patient and child dentist filling happy (hehe), let’s find out!
DENTIST TOYS EXPAND THEIR KNOWLEDGE
What is a dentist? What do they do? And what exactly is that tool used for?
For kids, the answers to these questions might be better explained through play. In other words, showing rather than telling. The Absotoothly Awesome accessory set lets kids explore routine procedures with realistic tools like a dental scaler and air/water syringe, see what a tooth looks like on the inside, and learn how to care for their teeth. By demonstrating how to use each tool on their dolls first, they will know which checkup the dentist will perform. And it might also give them an idea of what they want to pursue when they grow up!
THEY MAKE DENTIST VISITS MORE RELAXED – AND FUN
If they feel anxious or nervous about visiting the dentist, allowing them to role play in the comfort of their own home is a great way to ease their fears, especially since they’re in control.
When kids are in the patient’s chair, not knowing what to expect can be an uncomfortable situation. And this can make their imagination wander in the wrong direction. But the more they engage in play and conversation, they will also improve their vocabulary and communication skills. Which will help them be more expressive and interested in finding out more information from a real dentist.
ENCOURAGE A HEALTHY SENSE OF CONFIDENCE
Most children have or might require getting braces in the future, which can be a challenging time. But getting ahead of it and showing them how common it actually is can help relieve their discomfort. Camila and Imani are the first two Our Generation dolls to get matching braces, and they can help build kids’ self-esteem, enforce a sense of normalcy, and prepare them for what’s to come.
Another situation that kids may find difficult is when they lose their baby tooth for the first time. Dolls like Tooth Fairy Twinkle and the Tooth Fairy Stories set help kids understand that it’s a natural process and can turn the experience into a magical journey.
PROMOTE DENTAL HYGIENE
Unfortunately, cavities are common in children (boo!). But teaching them how to maintain their dental hygiene can go a long way in preventing those uncomfortable dentist visits. Having their dolls perform the same routines is a fun approach to establishing good brushing habits, and animal lovers will also love teaching their pets with the Canine Care set!
You may have heard the word empathy a lot, but why exactly is it so important? Well, empathy is all about understanding what others are feeling. And understanding what others are feeling allows us to act in a more kind-hearted way with those around us.
As kids play the dentist’s role to treat their doll patients, they will learn how to be more sympathetic toward others since they know what it feels like to be in the patient’s shoes. In turn, this also helps them practice being gentle and show compassion, which will carry over to how they treat others outside their world of play.
There are so many ways to play with Our Generation dolls and accessories. We hope our dentist toys will help create lots of playful adventures! And check out more fun and excitement in the OG Neighborhood on Facebook and Instagram (@ogdolls)!