Oral health affects kids' ability to learn. Here teachers will find resources to help teach kids about oral health.
Do it Yourself
Oral health curriculum resources
What We Can Do for You
Health educators from the School and Community Oral Health program can come to your school to teach kids about a variety of oral health topics. We have presentations for pre-school kids through 6th grade. Some of the things we cover include:
- Toothbrushing and flossing
- Cavity prevention
- Gum disease
- Going to the dentist
- Food choices and healthy teeth
Please contact us to schedule a presentation»
Pre-K and Kindergarten: Tooth Grab Bag
Kids reach into a tooth-shaped bag to pull out dental related items (toothbrush, mask, floss, etc.) This is a great way to get kids talking and learning about basic oral wellness. 25 minutes
First and Second Grades: Tooth Bingo
After a brief discussion on oral wellness, kids play bingo to see how much they remember. Great fun! 30 minutes
Third Grade: Plaque Control
A discussion about the causes and prevention of tooth decay and gum disease, followed by a hands-on tooth brushing activity with the students. 45 minutes
Fourth Grade: Dental Jeopardy
As much fun as inviting the late Alex Trebek into your classroom. This game teaches students the 8 essential oral wellness behaviors, while promoting team-building skills. 50 minutes
Fifth and Sixth Grades: Stop the Pop!
A brief discussion of oral wellness followed by a lesson on sweetened drinks like soda and Gatorade. Students learn how to read food labels to determine how much sugar is in a product. Then they work in pairs to identify one drink item and report back to the class on what they discovered.
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School and Community Oral Health Program, 503-988-3905