Thematic Thursday Dental Unit

This week our Thematic Thursday post is about Dental Health!  It is so important for kids to learn at an early age how to take care of their teeth.  Developing good dental habits young will stay with kids for a lifetime.  Studies now show that poor dental health can lead to heart disease among other ailments and diseases.  Ok, sorry I sound like a textbook...let's get to the fun part!

We had a parent who is a Dental Hygenist.  She came in a gave a presentation for us.
She taught us the proper way to brush our teeth.
We handed out tooth charts to all of the kids to brush in the morning and at night.  They color a sun and a moon everytime they brush thier teeth.
"Brushing" teeth with toothpaste paint for art.
We just used toothpaste and added some white paint.  The kids all got a toothbrush to paint with.  The art made beautiful texture strokes. 
We made faces with marshmallow teeth.  We talked about how kids have 20 teeth, it was so cute to watch them try to squeeze 20 marshmallows on their mouths.  I asked them all to draw their faces on plates and then draw a big mouth to glue marshmallows on. 

Work time
For work time we had dental health works out to extend our learning.  Our work time is about 1 and a half  hours long.  During work time I go around and work with them individually.
One of our practical life works was to use pink playdough and beans to make a smile with twenty teeth.  This work reinforced counting, fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.  It was too funny also! :)
Hahaha!!  That is all I have to say about this picture!

This was so incredibly fun!  I put chocolate frosting on elk teeth and the kids had to brush off the "tooth bugs".  They really got into this and got down and dirty.
Tooth cleaning work

For Math we used tooth counters and beans for teeth.  They had to match the number to the number of dots and then count the beans.  This counting activity went up to 25!  Great number sense practice.
For math we also practiced matching number words and numbers up to twelve on toothbrushes.
Finally we did a group project where we cut food out of magazines and took turns pasting them to the chart on good for your teeth or bad for your teeth.  I thought it was so cute a couple kids found toothpaste and mouth wash and they said "this is really good for your teeth!"  Even though it wasn't technically food they put it on the chart anyway!  

February is Dental month, I would love to hear any ideas of what you are working on for dental month! 


  1. That's a very interesting way to help kids learn about dental hygiene. Loved reading the ideas in your post Rachel :)

    1. Haripriya,
      Thank you for your thoughtful comment! I look forward to hearing from you again! :)

  2. So many great activities for a dental unit, Rachel! I love your creative ideas, such as using elk teeth and beans with pink playdough! I featured your elk tooth cleaning photo and post in my Montessori-Inspired Dental Health Unit at

    1. Wow, Deb! Thank you for your support and your kind comments! I love your blog and it is an honor to be featured on Living Montessori now!! Thank you for inspiring me! :)

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