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Dental and Tooth Theme and Activities

Dental health is an important concept to encourage children to develop. Use these theme ideas to teach children about their teeth and the importance of brushing. These activities are perfect for National Children's Dental Health Month in February.

Dental Songs

Brush, Brush, Brush Your Teeth (Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Brush, brush, brush your teeth.
At least two times a day.
Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning,
Fighting tooth decay.
Floss, floss, floss your teeth.
Every single day.
Gently, gently, gently,gently,
Whisking Plaque away.
Rinse, rinse, rinse your teeth
Every single day.
Swishing, swishing, swishing, swishing,
Fighting tooth decay.

Brush Your Teeth (Tune: Jingle Bells)
Brush your teeth,
Brush your teeth,
Give your teeth a treat.
Brush up and down and all around,
To keep them clean and neat!
Brush them once,
Brush them twice,
Brush three times a day.
Brush up and down and all around,
Keep cavities away!

Got My Toothpaste (Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
Got my toothpaste, got my brush,
I won't hurry, I won't rush.
Making sure my teeth are clean,
Front and back and in between.
When I brush for quite a while,
I will have a happy smile!

Dental Art Activities

Toothbrush Painting
Provide a variety of toothbrushes and paint, and allow children to paint freely using the toothbrushes instead of paintbrushes.

Floss Painting
Dip dental floss into paint and than drag around on the paper. Use many colors. Some children may find this easier if you use clothespins to hold the floss.

Dental Math and Science

Toothpaste Graph
Make a pocket chart or giant graph of the children's favorite toothpaste flavor: Mint, Bubblegum, Fruit, etc.

Toothbrush Measuring
Give children a variety of different small items (raisins, buttons, 1-inch blocks, etc.) and a toothbrush. Let children measure how many items is as long as the toothbrush. You can also use our Toothbrush Measure printable.

Toothpaste Putty
In bowl, mix 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 tablespoon white glue, and teaspoon toothpaste (not gel). Add teaspoon water. Stir until mixture is soft like putty. Putty may begin to harden in 20 minutes; to soften add a drop of water. Projects will dry hard in 24 hours. The more you pull and stretch this like taffy the better it gets. I also keep a small container like a tuna can on the table with a little water in it. This putty dries fast and if the children just dip their fingers periodically in the water and then handle the putty the few drops of water restores the texture. You can make a picture recipe of this and each child can follow the recipe to make their own personal amount of this dough

What are the effects of different liquids on your teeth?
Materials needed: 4 hard boiled eggs, can of coke, carton of orange juice, bottle of viniger, water and 4 small jars with lids. Show eggs and different liquids. Explain that the shell of the egg is similar to the teeth in you mouth. What happens to your teeth if you don't clean off the food. Ask children to predict what do they think will happen to the egg shell if it is left overnight in different substances. Allow each child to set up one substance in a jar with one egg. Water is the control. Place jars of eggs in a box and place by window. Check next day The vinegar will eat the shell and it will become soft not hard like an egg. The orange juice ate at the shell making it bumpy. The coke stained the egg brown. The teacher or students can try to restore the egg by brushing with a tooth brush and toothpaste. It will not help the orange juice, or vinegar egg. It will clean up some of the Coke egg but may not remove all the stains.

Teeth and Food Experiment
Offer each child an oreo cookie or 2 with no drink. Have them look in mirror after eating to see teeth. Offer an apple slice or two and revisit mirror. Teeth should be cleaner. Point out that certain foods stick to our teeth more and we should brush more after sweets and sticky foods or only eat them with meals to limit their sticking to our teeth.

Molar Brushing

Cut the bottom off of 3 or more soda bottles and staple together. Glue to a wooden frame cut side down. They become your molars models and children can brush these teeth with toothpaste or baking soda and water. Rinsing them by pouring water over the teeth/water bottle bottoms.

Dental Motor Skills and Movement

Toothbrush Dropping Game
Play drop the toothbrush into a soda bottle or variety of bottles with different sized openings. Kneel on a chair and place bottle on floor behind chair. Child leans over back of chair and tries to drop tooth brush into bottle.

Dental Dramatic play

Gather children for a circle time and after reading several dentist stories Ask them what items would be needed if we set up a pretend dentist office. List all items they suggest and send list home with children asking parents to contribute. Turn your houskeeping corner or area into a pretend dentist office only for dolls and stuffed animals. Some suggestions: toothbrushes, an old lamp, empty clean containers of toothpaste ( the kind that pump up not the tube kind), a dental mask (you can ask for some at local dentist office or find them in hardware or wood working stores), stuffed animals, dolls, empty container of dental floss, mirrors, small cups, clipboards, pencils, old magazines (for the waiting room), old X-rays of teeth if you can find them, dental posters.

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