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Dental

Background
In children, tooth loss can affect school performance, and poor oral health can lead to reduced quality of life, infections and discomfort (SMDHU Health Stats, 2010). In Simcoe Muskoka, oral health problems account for 100,000 lost schools days per year, and 410,000 restricted activity days per year (SMDHU Oral Health Report, 2009). 

Lesson Plans
Oral Health Curriculum – Suggested for Grades 1 to 8.  These free downloadable oral health modules align with the Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1 to 8:  Health and Physical Education. Each grade specific module contains background information, references, and a variety of classroom activities to support classroom teaching and student learning. Available in English and French. (Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry).

Curriculum Supports

  • "2 For 2 is What You Do" Colouring Sheet (PDF) – Suggested for Kindergarten to Grade 3. This free, downloadable 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. (SMDHU, Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry).
  • "2 For 2" Song – Suggested for Kindergarten to Grade 3.  Use these free lyrics and audio files to engage students in learning about healthy choices and encouraging students to maintain good oral health by brushing their teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. 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 (brushing twice a day) 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.

SMDHU Programs

The health unit offers a variety of services to support dental health of students, including screening and preventive clinics for elementary schools. There are also supports available for students who are in need of financial support to access emergency or routine dental care.

In addition to these dental health services, the health unit also offers a variety of prgrams and services for elementary schools (PDF), covering a wide range of health-related topics.

Additional Resources

Visit the dental health section of the health unit’s website for more information related to health unit dental health services, and preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

Are you concerned about a student and/or would like additional information related to counselling or community supports? Find out where to get help.   

Staff at the health unit are currently reviewing recommended lesson plans and curriculum supports for educators to align with Ontario’s 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum. Please use your discretion in determining which lesson plans and curriculum supports to use in your classroom. Updated and new resources will be posted online as available. 

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