Toothpick has teamed up with the authors of Black Toothed Ruth Black to help more children learn important lessons about oral hygiene.
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Black-Toothed Ruth Black is a new children’s book written by Peter Barron and illustrated by Paul Wick. Using illustrations any child will love, it deals with the challenges of raising a child who hates brushing, flossing, and going to the dentist. If you’re a parent who has come up against this challenge even once, here are four reasons we think you should read Black Toothed Ruth Black with your little one.
#1: Helping You Promote Oral Hygiene
Black-Toothed Ruth Black is a young girl who refuses to listen to her parents about the importance of oral hygiene. It’s not uncommon, and not particularly surprising either – you can imagine how attractive flossing must seem to a child. And getting them to go quietly to the dentist is like… well, pulling teeth.
It’s for this very reason that the book was created. While your child might not listen to you, it’s quite possible they’ll identify with Ruth:
“Does the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth make you feel guilty? Fear not. It’s not unusual to feel this way because all parents face a daily battle to get their children to brush their teeth properly and to stop them eating too many sweets. Black-toothed Ruth Black is a story which tells of the terrible things which may happen if children fail to brush their teeth properly. Ruth is a little girl who won’t heed her parents’ warnings about cleaning her teeth so, instead of the Tooth Fairies, she is visited one night by the evil Tooth Devils and flown to their ivory castle. It is another spine-tingling adventure in the Monstrous Morals series of stories aimed at scaring children out of their wits – and their bad habits. As always, there’s a happy ending but Black-Toothed Ruth Black has to grit her teeth and learn an important lesson first. With the usual eye-catching illustrations and ingenious rhymes, parents and children will love this brush with dark side.”
If your kids would rather get a visit from the Tooth Fairy than the Tooth Devils, this is the book to motivate them to follow your instructions better!
#2: Reading Prepares Children for Success
Reading practically any book can help your children prepare for school and future success. Researchers at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research found that children around four or five years old who read three to five times a week have comparable reading levels to children six months older than them who read two or fewer times a week.
In other words, reading with your child puts them ahead of peers, so they get a head start well before they enter school.
#3: Oral Hygiene Affects More Than the Mouth
Doctors and researchers have recently discovered that oral hygiene has a tremendous effect on the body’s general state of health. People with poor oral hygiene are at a higher risk of developing conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
Some might assume this link comes from a person’s unwillingness to care for himself or herself. If a man won’t brush his teeth, he probably has other poor habits, right? The connection is actually much closer than that. Some research shows that inflammation in the gums could cause inflammation in the blood vessels, which raises a person’s risk for heart disease.
Helping your children develop better oral hygiene habits could also help them avoid diseases that could cut their lives short.
#4: It’s an Enjoyable Book for Parents and Kids
Black-Toothed Ruth Black mixes beautiful, fun drawings with ingenious rhymes. This combination makes it an engaging and enjoyable experience for children and parents. It’s fun and whimsical, while managing to teach a valuable lesson.