One day we took a toothbrush, a brown tooth (on construction paper) and white paint and brushed the tooth clean! We imagined the tooth was dirty and needed to be cleaned. We used the technique of brushing in circles in order to take care of the tooth and to be gentle. By the end, our brown tooth was white and clean!
Another activity we completed this week was practicing flossing! It is important to floss your teeth at least every other day in order to get the food and gunk that gets caught in between each tooth. Even if we brush our teeth using the circle technique, we can possibly miss in between the teeth! To practice this, we took Lego Mega Blocks, Play-doh and string. The Play-doh was put in between the "teeth" on the blocks and after wrapping the string around our fingers, we used it to get all of the Play-doh out of the block! I had the class work in partners for this activity so one student could hold the block still while the other one flossed it! The entire class told me they were ready to floss their own teeth after practicing with the blocks today!
A third activity we completed this week was learning the difference between foods that are healthy and unhealthy for our teeth. After a good discussion on healthy vs unhealthy foods, the class drew pictures on two different teeth. One tooth was happy because it was getting fed healthy food, the other tooth was unhappy because it was getting fed unhealthy food.