February 19, 2019

Dental Health Month: Resources and Activities for Your Classroom

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

Did you know that February is Dental Health Month? Crazy as it seems with all the other holidays that it is! I love that it's Dental Health Month because it gives me an excuse to teach dental hygiene to my students. Sadly, a lot of my students have not been taught how to properly take care of their teeth. Here are some things we do in class.

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Books:

        


Throw Your Tooth on the Roof is a favorite as it shares traditions from around the world. The other two are just fun fiction stories.

Activities:

Flossing - Not the silly dance...actual flossing! I cut a large "mouth" out of a large piece of construction paper. I then taped the bottom of egg cartons around like teeth. (It's definitely best to use white egg cartons, yellow ones don't look so great! 😉) Then I tear pieces of paper to put in between the "teeth." I show students how to wrap the yarn like floss and we practice going back and forth between the teeth.

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

Egg Experiment - Hardboil eggs (enough for each student). Students place them in cups of pop. Let them soak overnight. The next day, take the eggs out and brush them...with real toothpaste and toothbrushes. (I get mine at the dollar store.) It's amazing what the pop does to the egg. We use this to talk about why we should avoid sugary beverages! I think this experiment, more than anything else, helps my students realize the importance of taking care of their oral health.


Want to have printables for this experiment? Click on the pic above to see more.

What do you do with your students for Dental Health Month?

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