The Early Years: Tooth Timeby: Peggy Ashbrook

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One of the big changes in childhood is the loss of "baby" teeth, beginning around age five. Children often say, "I'm a big kid now. I lost my tooth!" This event is longed for, feared, and celebrated. Tooth care is much on children's (and their parents') minds as they learn that this is it--the new teeth growing in must last them the rest of their lives. This article includes a corresponding activity.

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  • on Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:05 AM

This interesting article discusses children's interest in losing a tooth and watching it grow back. The activity discussed in this article is a great way for students to study teeth. They can look at each others' teeth (without touching). Then they can use various kitchen objects to "eat" a graham cracker. These objects represent different types of teeth.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:26 AM

Young children compare each other’s teeth to see the difference between form and function of incisors and molar teeth. They observe, make a play dough models and then choose a kitchen implement that best represents the surface of these two different kinds of teeth. They discuss the probable purpose of each type of tooth.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:50 AM

Around the age of five young students begin to lose their baby teeth and the second set of teeth are the ones they will have for the rest of their lives. This article describes ways you engage young students in tooth explorations and understanding why it is important to care for your teeth. Only concern I'd have is the serving of graham cracker snacks due to sugar or high fructose corn syrup content. It would be important to read the label and /or consider a tooth healthy snack.

Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton

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