26 Ways to Teach Kids About Oral Health
Teaching kids about dental health is so important and can be both educational and fun! To help you ensure your kids learn about dentistry while still having fun, we put together a list of videos, activities, coloring books, activities and educational curriculum examples.
Learn about the transition through infant, toddler, and childhood dental care with Delta Dental's video From Drool to School.
Join the Bright Smiles team of heroes from Colgate to learn about how to take care of their teeth and stop the villainous Duke of Decay in this heroic Training Sequence video!
This "How To Have A Bright Smile" video from Colgate shows Dr. Rabbit teaching all about brushing, flossing, and how cavities are formed in your mouth.
Make two minutes of brushing go a lot faster and feel a lot more fun with this My Bright Smile 2-minute song from Colgate.
The American Dental Association offers a bunch of fun-themed activity sheets and coloring pages about dental health and hygiene, some that are even themed for special holidays and times of the year.
Dudley & Friends Activity Book, featuring dental-themed word searches, mazes, and crossword puzzles is great for kids in 3rd grade and up.
The Dental Health Activity book for 3rd and 4th graders is full of dozens of dot marking, coloring, and cut-out activities. You can even get yours personalized!
The Dental Fun Book features the Tough Tooth Team and fun activities like coloring pages, word searches, sudoku, find the differences and more fun for kids between kindergarten and 4th grade.
Brushing with Dee Dee & Dudley is a dinosaur coloring book of familiar dinosaur characters brushing and flossing for kids from preschool through 2nd grade.
Dudley Visits the Dentist Coloring & Storybook is a combination reading book and coloring book about Dudley's first visit to the dentist for young readers!
The Dudley and Friends Play-Along Activity Book features a huge variety of connect the dots, mazes, word scrambles, crossword puzzles, quizzes, and much more for kids from kindergarten through 4th grade.
This Healthy Foods coloring page, Tooth Brushing coloring page, and Tooth Brushing Self Portrait coloring page from the Delta Dental Foundation are great for a kid who loves coloring and taking care of their own teeth!
Activities from the Delta Dental Foundation include a chance to write a letter to the tooth fairy, play this maze to help a toothbrush find its tooth, and play this maze to help the tangled floss find its way into the mouth!
Colgate has lots of fun activities for kids on their website, such as the Bright Smiles Crossword Puzzle, the Tooth Defender Maze Challenge, this Bright Smiles Word Matching Activity, and the Bright Smiles Word Search.
If you're looking for a fun scientific demonstration to do with your family or classroom, the American Dental Association offers some fun how-tos for demonstrations for healthy tooth habits that you can recreate at home or school.
To keep up with good habits at home, use this fun jungle-themed wall chart to track the two most important things a kid can do each day; brush twice, and read for twenty minutes!
This Acid Attack science experiment from the Delta Dental Foundation uses vinegar and chicken bones to learn about the damaging effects of acid on your teeth.
This Egg-citing Experiment from the Delta Dental Foundation teaches kids about how the food and drink they consume can stain and tarnish their tooth enamel.
This Fantastic Floss activity from the Delta Dental foundation teaches kids about how flossing is important, even when you brush your teeth thoroughly!
The Fabulous Fluoride activity from the Delta Dental Foundation demonstrates the protective nature of fluoride and its important role in strengthening and protecting our teeth.
The Think Before You Drink activity from the Delta Dental Foundation shows kids how sugary drinks can be detrimental to the health of their teeth.
Teachers can use the Smile Smarts Dental Health Curriculum from the American Dental Association, which teaches kids about what teeth do for our bodies, how to care for your teeth, what plaque is, and why it's important to regularly visit the dentist. The curriculum features modules for children as young as Pre-K and as old as 8th grade.
Elementary teachers can use these lesson plans from the Delta Dental Foundation for 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade with resources, lesson plans, and hands-on experiments to do with your class.
4th and 5th-grade teachers can use this curriculum from the Indiana Dental Association that features lesson plans, presentations, and instructions for hands-on projects that teach students about the damaging effect that sugary drinks can have on their dental health.
Middle and high school teachers and use these Career Resources from the American Dental Association to teach students about the important role that dentists play in society and help guide students who have an interest in dentistry as a profession.
Colgate has created a comprehensive teacher guide for Pre-K and Head Start teachers on oral health lessons and resources.
If you have any additional questions about your child's oral hygiene, please feel free to contact us at Urbana Pediatric Dentistry. To learn more about Urbana Pediatric Dentistry visit our About Us page. For more tips and information feel free to Contact Us and follow us on social media on Instagram @urbanapediatricdentistry and Facebook @urbanapediatricdentistry.