January 30, 2000
Welcome back. Today marks the fourth anniversary of my
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On January 30, 1996, “Surfing the Net with Your Kids” was
published for the first time in The San Diego Union-Tribune.
My topic was Astronomy and Space Travel. You can read it here.
Did you notice the “Your” in the original title? It was dropped
later that year, although I don’t have an exact record of when.
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Your Healthy Smile
“Brush your teeth” is one of those mantras chanted by parents
everywhere. I suppose we say it so often in the hope that one day when
we’re not around, our kids will still hear the words echoing in their heads
– along with “wash your hands” and “cover your mouth when you cough.”
February is Brush your Teeth Month (actually they call it National
Children’s Dental Health Month â€“ but I like my name better.) Either way,
here are my dental hygiene Web picks.
ADA Teen Corner
The American Dental Association (sponsors of National Children’s Dental
Health Month) has created a Teen Corner that is educational and
appropriate for all ages. Visit for the straight scoop on water
fluoridation, tooth sealants, and gum disease (just to name of a few of the
nine topics covered under Prevention) — all done without a single animated
toothbrush. You’ll also find important information on smoking (“You know
it’s bad for your lungs and makes your hair and clothes smell, but wait
until you see what it does for your teeth and gums.”) and protecting your
teeth during sports.
Adventures of Mr.
With informative articles for parents and colorful Shockwave games for
kids, this Johnson & Johnson site covers all the bases. Parents will
appreciate the tips on encouraging good dental hygiene and the tooth time
line which shows tooth development from 3 months to twelve years. And kids
(of all ages, of course) can play Remember to Reach (a Concentration-style
tile game) and Dunk Mr. Plaque (a ball toss.)
“How long do you take to brush your teeth? Most people think they brush
for at least a minute or two, but in reality they brush for thirty seconds
or less. Time yourself and see how you do.
An effective brushing takes two to three minutes.” This informative site
from the Nova Scotia Dental Association covers Healthy Teeth in four
chapters: Teeth and Gums, Prevention, Cavities and Braces. Yes, there are
a few animated toothbrushes (and even a dancing tooth), but don’t let that
stop you from visiting.
The Wizard of Os tells us “‘Os’ is Latin for mouth” and welcomes us to
his online dental care magazine for kids. With adventure stories,
crossword puzzles, word searches, and a dental dictionary, Magical Os
brings oral hygiene education with a touch of fantasy to elementary-age
kids and classrooms.
The Magic School Bus: Brushing Up
“Your teeth aren’t just hanging around inside your mouth! They’ve each got
a job to do! So come on in, click around and discover what your teeth are
doing, plus find out how to keep those teeth happy and healthy.” This
animated Flash lesson has lots of chewing and biting and is my pick of day.
When you’re done with the introductory animation, continue onto Arnold’s
Great Tooth Exploration (which requires Shockwave.) To finish the lesson
off, there is a printable tooth terminology word search and printable tooth
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