It is important in this unit to teach students exactly how we care for our teeth. If possible, have a dentist visit the class and bring along some of their favorite tools. If you can swing it, try having the students go visit the local dental office. Having someone speak to the students will help them to gain perspective on an interesting career, as well as the importance of caring for their teeth.
Take time to teach the students the proper way to brush their teeth. Sending them home with a new toothbrush would be fun for them. Call your local dental office and ask for donations. Some dental offices supply first time patients with a mini gift bag filled with teeth stickers, a toothbrush, tooth paste, and floss.
One activity that helps students to understand teeth is to start by counting them. Many adults can remember doing this activity as a young kid. Allow the students to count the number of teeth they find in their mouth.
It is important for students to learn what foods are healthy, and which foods are not healthy for our teeth. Create a large poster to present to the students. On the poster board draw a line down the middle, on the left side draw a happy face, on the right side draw a sad face. With the students gather together ask them what foods are healthy for our teeth and what are not health for our teeth. You could provide pictures of different types of food to stick on the board for examples. Display your new board in your classroom as a reminder for students to not feed our teeth unhealthy foods.
After deciding what are good foods for our teeth supply the preschoolers with a healthy snack. Every preschooler loves a good snack. Please keep in mind food allergies when handing out snacks.