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Dental Health Resources for Elementary Educators

In children tooth loss can affect school performance, and poor oral health can lead to reduced quality of life, infections and discomfort. Oral health problems account for lost school days, restricted activity days, and can interfere with a student’s ability to concentrate and learn in the classroom.

Educators can play a vital role in helping students get reliable oral health information and access to oral health care.

Oral Health Education Guides (via Halton Region) – for Grades 1 to 8. This tool links oral health education and resources to applicable learning blocks and strands found in The Ontario Curriculum.
  • "2 For 2 is What You Do" Colouring Sheet (PDF) – suggested for Kindergarten to Grade 3. This colouring sheet can be used to support educating students about making healthy choices and encouraging good oral health by brushing their teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time
  • "2 For 2" Song – suggested for Kindergarten to Grade 3. Use these audio files to engage students in learning about healthy choices and encouraging students to maintain good oral health. Available for download in Windows Media Player, MP3, and/or Realplayer file format.
  • Monthly Brushing Chart (PDF) – suggested for Kindergarten to Grade 3. This activity can be used in class, or as homework to encourage healthy behaviours) and involve students in recording their daily brushing patterns. The completed charts can be incorporated into math lessons by having students reflect on the information they have gathered while applying their knowledge of number sense and numeration, patterning, algebra, etc.
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