- 60 minutes
In this lesson, students will learn about why dentists are community helpers. They will also get a chance to see why it is so important to keep their teeth clean!
Students will be able to identify the job of a dentist and know how to keep their teeth healthy.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Ask the students to raise their hands if they have been to the dentist.
- Ask the class what happens at the dentist. Write their responses on the board either as a list or a flowchart.
- Explain to the class that today they will be learning about why the dentist is a very important helper in our community!
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Read Let's Meet a Dentist aloud to your students. Ask questions throughout the story to test students' knowledge and comprehension.
- Explain to the students the main purpose of a dentist.
- Tell the class that it is very important to take care of our teeth, and the dentist helps us do this.
- Inform students that some foods make our teeth healthy and can some hurt our teeth.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)
- Place various healthy and unhealthy foods cutouts from magazines on a table.
- On the board, make two columns. One column should be labeled "healthy" and one column should be labeled "unhealthy."
- Explain that foods that are high in sugar can give us cavities and drinking water can help make our teeth grow strong.
- Call students up one by one to select magazine cutouts of different foods and have students decide whether or not they are good for their teeth.
- Stress the importance cleaning your teeth when they are dirty.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Give each student a white laminated cutout of a tooth and a yellow dry erase marker.
- Continue to discuss foods that aren't good for teeth and have the students draw all over the white tooth with yellow marker. Explain that plaque is bacteria that grows in your mouth when you don't brush your teeth.
- Now ask students what you need to do to keep your teeth clean.
- Tell your students that regular brushing and flossing of teeth keeps them white, shiny, and, most importantly, healthy!
- Give each student a toothbrush or cloth and have them gently clean the plaque, or yellow marker, off the tooth.
- Enrichment: Give students a copy of the Dentist Storyboard to complete independently.
- Support: Play a Sesame Street clip to help any student who may be afraid or hesitant about the dentist: Dentist Video by Water Brook Dental.
Related Books and/or Media
- BOOK: Clarabella's Teeth by An Vrombaut
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Have students complete the Oh, No! Cavities! worksheet and share the name of a food that could cause cavities.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Read Cedric The Shark Gets Toothache! by Kay Carter and give each student a toothbrush to take home!