Thursday, January 13, 2011

National Museum of Dentistry Exhibits "Toothy Toys" to Encourage Good Dental Health

This exhibit in Baltimore and running through the end of January sounds pretty good for children.
If your kids need some help remembering to brush their teeth, maybe you can find inspiration in the classics.

We're talking real classics — like a Barbie Dentist behind glass and a Hopalong Cassidy cowboy toothbrush.

An exhibit at the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore features these and about 50 other "toothy toys" that have helped encourage good dental hygiene and dental-health awareness in kids from the 1940s to today.

The exhibit, Open Wide! Toothy Toys That Made Us Smile, which runs through January, includes specialty toothbrushes such as Westinghouse's build-your-own rocket electric toothbrush from the 1960s, dental-themed games such as Hungry Hungry Hippos, and even an '80s video game called Tooth Invaders.

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.
I wish this was a travelling exhibit so that the children of Los Angeles could easily visit.