Teaching Kids Healthy Habits

 

 

New!

Show your young students an 8 minute video about tooth-healthy snacks for school. This is an edited segment of the 1st grade presentation by our hygienist, Dianne Powers, that focuses on snacks. Many thanks to Karen Robinson and the students in her Londonderry High School TV Production and Radio Broadcasting class! 

Healthy Snacks (8 min)

 

Oral health is an important part of overall health, and so Children’s Dental Network offers teachers in participating schools the opportunity to have a dental hygienist deliver an oral health presentation to their students. These presentations are available for students in kindergarten through grade 5, and may be offered at various times during the school year. February is National Children's Dental Health Month. That is a wonderful time for teachers to utilize our oral health videos listed below. Thank you to the Salem High School technology department for making these videos possible.

Oral Health Practices for K & Grade 1 (16 min)

Oral Health Practices for Grades 2 & 3 (20 min)

Oral Health Practices for Grades 4 & 5 (20 min)

Our hygienists collaborate with school nurses, secretaries and principals to notify teachers when dates and times are available for their school.

 

Topics that we cover include the following:

PreK and Kindergarten 
Introduction to good dental care: visiting the dentist, brushing technique, flossing and fluoride

Grade 1
Choosing healthy snacks for teeth, proper brushing habits, flossing, fluoride and a unique movie about sealants

Grade 2 and Grade 3
Focused on prevention: review of toothbrushing and flossing techniques, introduction to ADA-approved dental products, importance of daily fluoride exposure, appropriate snacks to maintain good oral and overall health and lastly, a hands-on brushing activity. An interactive true or false game to review optimal dental health; a true test to see how much they have absorbed from previous years!

Grade 4 and Grade 5
A modern Power Point to introduce how oral health is part of overall health. We include information on the effects of sugary beverages and their acid content on teeth and gums. Basic home care is reviewed and students are encouraged to put their best efforts into the responsibility of personal hygiene and healthy habits. Gingivitis is discussed, how cavities develop and how ADA approved products containing fluoride can help keep teeth stronger. A Ted-Ed video wraps up sharing a basic history on what causes cavities and how they have been treated through the years. 

 

A double-sided handout is available for each grade. You can download handouts here.

Pre-K and Kindergarten
Toothbrush Chart
Toothbrush Count Activity

Grade 1
Choose Healthy Snacks
Parent Letter

Grade 2
Brushing Chart
Prevent Dental Problems

Grade 3
Test Yourself and Your Family
How to Floss

Grade 4

Grade 5