Dental Care Day 2: Types of Teeth

For our second day of our Dental Care unit study we learned about the types of teeth that we have.  We made a teeth model, looked at J’s baby book to see when he got his teeth, and did some tooth fairy math.  We also saw J’s first tooth that he lost when we got out his baby book.

Types of Teeth

Read:

  • All About Teeth by Mari Schuh
  • Snacks for Healthy Teeth by Mari Schuh

 Discuss: Humans have 20 baby teeth and then at age 6 or 7 they begin to fall out and we get 32 permanent teeth. There are 206 bones in your body. Of those 206 bones, which are the hardest ones? Yes, teeth are the hardest bones in the human body. If teeth are so hard and strong, then why do they decay and break? Well, it’s because of the germs. We get germs in our teeth when we eat, so we must brush our teeth every day.

  •  Incisors- front 8 teeth for cutting
  • Canine- 1 next to each outside incisor for tearing
  • Molars- the back teeth for grinding

 Comprehension Questions:

  1. What are the incisors used for? Cutting
  2. What are the canines used for? Tearing
  3. What are the molars used for? Grinding

Totally Teeth!

Discuss: We talked about page 4 and did page 5 of the Parts of a Tooth Speedy Science download.Dental Care Study (18)Activity:  Then we did the Totally Teeth! activity that I found on pave 27  in The Best of THE MAILBOX Theme Series: Dental Health (Grs. K-1).  J just cut out the types of teeth from the bottom and glued them into the mouth where each type belonged.Dental Care Study (33) Dental Care Study (30)Mouth Model

Materials:

  • Pink construction paper
  • Mouth Model download
  • glue
  • scissors

Discuss:

  • Incisors- for cutting
  • Canine- for tearing
  • Molars- for grinding

Directions:

  1. Cut out the white teeth strips.Dental Care Study (29)
  2. Cut out 2 stripes of pink paper 1 inch by 10 inches for the gums.
  3. Cut out 1 piece of pink paper 4×4 inches.Dental Care Study (31)
  4. Glue the white teeth to the inside of the gums so that only the teeth stick out.Dental Care Study (28) Dental Care Study (27)
  5. Then glue the ends of the pink strips to the pink square piece bending the teeth in the shape of a mouth.Dental Care Study (25) Dental Care Study (24) Dental Care Study (23)

Baby Teeth

Discuss:  We discussed page 17 of Parts of a Tooth Speedy Science and looked at J’s baby book to see when he got his teeth.

Directions:

  1. Look at baby book and see when you got your teeth.
  2. Look at the sheet and compare.
  3. Try to remember when you lost your first tooth and which one it was.
  4. Look at the sheet and compare.Dental Care Study (22) Dental Care Study (21)

The Tooth Fairy Came Last Night

We used this free download to complete the fun poem called The Tooth Fairy Came Last Night poem to review coins and their value.Dental Care Study (20) Dental Care Study (19)

Dental Care Unit Study

Day 1: Tooth Anatomy

Day 2: Types of Teeth

Day 3: Dental Care