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#247. care for teeth

other, level: Elementary
Posted by kitty van keulen (kittyvk@ix.netcom.com).
Public Health Nursing, California

Care for teeth

Objectives:
- Children know how to care for their teeth.
- Children know how their teeth are build.
- Children know what happens if they don't clean their teeth.
- Children know how they can keep their teeth clean.
- Children know what happens at the dentist's office.
- Children know how to brush their teeth.

Activities:
- When you start with a lot of very young children, read "Little bear brushes h is teeth, Jutta Langreuter and Vera Sobat, isbn 0-7613-0230-1" or
"Bye, bye, thumb sucking, Bonnie Worth, a Muppet Press book" to them.
- Tell the children about baby teeth (= milk teeth), permanent teeth,
three kinds of teeth.
- Show the children "the Map of your tooth,
in book Tooth truth, Jennifer Storey-Gilles." and read with the
children how
it is build.
- Tell the children about Plaque and Cavity, and discuss how to avoid
this.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO KEEP OUR TEETH CLEAN?
The answer has to include: brush your teeth, use fluoride (toothpaste
and supplements), go to the dentist, don't eat sticky sweets
(examples) but healthy snacks (examples), flossing, no thumb sucking or
pacifier, not with a baby bottle to bed.
- Give the children the brochure "teeth need love too (in Spanish and
English available, Santa Clara County Health Department)
- WHO HAS BEEN TO THE DENTIST BEFORE? WHAT DOES THE DENTIST DO?
- Use a mirror to show the children their teeth. Some of them are
changing teeth.
- Show the children the tooth chart from the milk teeth and the adult teeth.
- Show the children with the big model and the big brush how to brush
their teeth.
Ask one of the children to repeat it.
- Give every child a toothbrush and start to brush. Put the brush-along
song on while they are brushing.

Some interesting webpages:
National Dental Organization Directory
http://www.ada.org/directs/org/org-menu.html

Welcome to Dr. Rabbit's No Cavities Clubhouse! Here are the exciting things waiting for you:
http://www.colgate.com/Kids-world/main.cgi

Ask the dentist
http://www.parentsplace.com/cgi-bin/objects/dentist/index.html

The Sugar Association, Inc 1101 15th Street, NW Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
http://www.sugar.org/

http://www.asis.com/toothfairy/
Brush-Along Song;http://www.gate.net/~erick/brush1.html