Practicing good oral hygiene is important for your overall health and is something we do here at SMART START. February is National Children's Dental Health Month. We are strong advocates for instilling life skills and teaching proper self-care to our students. Our oral hygiene units were a huge success . We encompassed a wide variety of learning and hand-on activities, as well as on-site field trips with Andover Pediatric Dentistry.
SMART START learners were excited to kick off National Children's Dental Health Month at school. During circle time we read various books about the dentist, good eating habits to protect your teeth, brushing your teeth and overall good oral hygiene. They asked intelligent questions about the subject matter and everyone took a turn informing the group about the color of their toothbrush, toothpaste flavor and teeth brushing songs . Most students shared that they brushed their teeth twice a day with a grownup's assistance and then finished on their own. Here's a fun song that some of our friends sing while brushing their teeth at home:
Brush, brush, brush your teeth
Each and every day
Up and down
And side to side
That's the (child's name) way!
Busy readers enjoyed reading books on their own and with friends. Dentist puppets and figurines were incorporated into story times and dramatic play. What a fun introduction to our dentist and oral hygiene learning unit! Keep up the good brushing!
SMART START dentists suited up in their lab coats, gloves and masks and began seeing their patients bright and early. The dolls were fabulous patients and sat contently in the dental chairs as SMART START dentists provided them with a proper teeth cleaning and dental exam. The children loved playing the part of a dentist and took this job very seriously. Pupils have acquired a lot of new information during circle time and were delighted to put their knowledge and skills to good use. This was a wonderful hands-on learning activity because not only did it provide students with the opportunity to apply what they have been learning, it helped build confidence and reassure them that visiting the dentist is a pleasurable experience that keeps them healthy and smiling.
Field Trip Fun!
Healthy Foods = Healthy Teeth!
Educational coloring books from Andover Pediatric Dentistry!
We are very thankful that Andover Pediatric Dentistry takes time each year out of their busy
schedule to visit the children here at SMART START! A perfect way to wrap up our oral hygiene units and celebrate National Children's Dental Month!
Lastly, we want to thank all of our families for continuning to support our on-site field trip program that allows us to provide enriching and educational experiences for your child(ren)!