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Count and Color Count and color the Terrence and the Tina Toothbrushes.

My Teeth Go With Me Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth clean. Write about what you do in one day to help keep your mouth its cleanest and healthiest. Web for ideas. Remember to use sequencing and transition words: Every day I ___________________________________ _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________ ______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ ________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ _______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ _______________________________

Foods for Stronger teeth Foods that help your muscles and bones also help your teeth and gums. Dairy contributes vitamin D, which strengthens teeth. Breads and cereals are rich in vitamin B. Fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C. Vitamins B and C contribute to healthy gum tissue. Lean meat, fish, and poultry are also healthy for teeth as they contain important minerals. Brushing and flossing after meals helps prevent food from sticking to your teeth and causing cavities. Some foods are rich in calcium, such as milk and cheese, which also promote stronger teeth.

1. Which vitamins promote stronger teeth? _____________________________________________________________ 2. What actions help prevent the build-up of food on your teeth. _______________________________&______________________________ 3. Name foods that help strengthen your teeth and gums. _________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ 4. What is a good snack for stronger teeth and gums. ___________________________________________________________________ 5. Name two foods that are rich in calcium. _______________________________&_________________________________


Each Day

(Remember B-E-D. Brush when you get out of bed in the morning and again before bed at night.)









Filling in the Cavity Fill in the blanks below. The answers will help Terrence Toothbrush meet Tina Toothbrush. 1. The practice of keeping the mouth clean is called________________________ __. 2. To prevent cavities, you should visit a _______________________ twice a year. 3. For good dental health, ____________________and ____________________ should be done twice a day. 4. Your toothpaste should contain __________________ to keep your smile bright! 5. Bacteria that forms to the teeth is called ________________________. 6. Candy and other foods high in _______________________ may cause cavities. 7. Meat and cheese are high in ____________________ and promote healthy teeth. 8. Along with your teeth, you should also brush your ______________________. 9. Healthy teeth are the result of a ________________________________________.









OH, Goodness! Oral hygiene (OH) is the practice of keeping the mouth clean. Oral hygiene helps in the prevention of cavities (dental caries), gingivitis (the inflammation of the gums), bad breath, and other dental disorders. Oral hygiene also includes personal care and regular visits to your dentist. Your dentist may take X-rays of your mouth when you visit. Frequent brushing of the your teeth and flossing help to prevent build-up of plaque and calculus (tartar), which may lead to cavities. Cavities can be expensive and painful. Other tools may also help, such as toothpicks and electric toothbrushes. Good oral hygiene should be practiced every day. 1. What are two ways to prevent build-up of plaque and tarter? a.__________________________________________________________ b.__________________________________________________________ 2. When should oral hygiene be practiced? _________________________________________________________ 3. What are examples of two tools to help prevent cavities? __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ 4. List two things good oral hygiene helps to prevent. a. __________________________________________________________ b. __________________________________________________________ 5. Who do you visit regularly for good oral hygiene? _______________________________________________________________

seeing your DENTIST Please rewrite the following using the proper sequence.

“It’s your turn, Francisco. The dentist is ready to see you.”

“Hello, Francisco,” said Dr. Yu. “Let’s see what’s causing your toothache.”

“Thank you, Dr. Yu!” smiled Francisco, “My tooth feels so much better!”

“I need to brush my teeth before we go to the dentist,” thought Francisco.

“Time to make a dentist appointment,” his mother replied.

“Welcome to Dr. Yu’s dentist office,” greeted the receptionist.

“I’m glad I brought a book to read while I wait,” thought Francisco.

“Mom, my tooth hurts when I bite down,” Francisco told his mother.

Parent survey Parents, after using the materials in this packet, please answers the following questions: 1. child brushed his/her teeth more frequently

2. child sees the importance of brushing and flossing daily


3. ..I plan on making an appointment for my child at the dentist


4. child makes better choices with it comes to snacks


5. child’s anxiety has been reduced.


6. ..I have learned techniques to better help my child with oral hygiene