• Cover Page

  • Welcome

    Dear Teacher,

    Welcome to Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures! You are now part of a 21-year legacy that brings positive oral health messages to children across the world — in classrooms just like yours.

    A Global Partnership

    Each year, Colgate-Palmolive Company’s award-winning Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® (BSBF) global oral health education program reaches over 50 million school children and their families … in 30 languages and 80 countries. It’s teachers like you who have made this self-esteem-based program an international success!

    Colgate recognizes that fostering partnerships between governments, health and educational organizations, professional associations, and health care providers strengthens the impact of the BSBF initiative around the world. The BSBF program was developed with an International Advisory Board of educational, dental and multicultural experts, and tested with children and teachers in real classrooms. Together with classroom educators like you, it’s a true partnership in support of children’s health!

    BSBF: Empowerment for the Future

    Bright Smiles, Bright Futures gives teachers, children and families around the world the tools they need to make good oral health a permanent part of their lives. With the focus on prevention, the program builds self-esteem and teaches good oral health practices to create lifelong habits. And most importantly, BSBF inspires kids to take control of their own oral health. Its messages of empowerment enable children to not only understand “what” to do to take care of their teeth and gums, but the “why” behind the messages. In this way, BSBF equips them to become lifelong Tooth Defenders.

    Welcome to BSBF. We applaud your commitment to helping your students’ bright smiles last a lifetime.

    Marsha Butler, DDS
    BSBF Global Oral Health Initiative
    Colgate-Palmolive Company

    Thank You to Our Advisors!

    Alice M. Horowitz, PhD
    School of Public Health
    University of Maryland, USA

    Colleen Winney
    Education Program Consultant Scientific Affairs
    Colgate-Palmolive Company Australia

    Lisa Papagiannoulis
    Professor and Head Department of Paediatric Dentistry
    Dental School, University of Athens Greece

  • About the Program

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    Since 1991, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures (BSBF) has made it easy for teachers like you to integrate oral health in your classroom. Now, the newest program in the BSBF series wraps the tried-and-true appeal of superheroes and special powers into a program that is sure to excite your students!

    This engaging, activity-based program fits into your existing curriculum, so you don’t need to add a new unit to your busy day. Its standards-based approach helps make it easy to cover core learning objectives, and it’s also flexible, so you can adapt it to your own classroom needs. And best of all, your students will love it!

    • The multimedia components feature Dr. Rabbit and Dr. Brushwell — two cartoon dentists who have mentored a group of children to become Tooth Defender “superheroes.” Together, the team undertakes a mission to protect Tooth City from the sticky, sugary villain: Placulus!
    • The easy-to-use materials were developed with teachers and oral health experts from around the world. In addition to fitting into your curriculum, the developmentally appropriate components are designed to challenge children to take responsibility for their own oral health.
    • Family involvement is an important part of the BSBF methodology. You’ll find ideas for getting parents and other family members involved with the topic of oral health included throughout the guide.

    Now, take a look at the materials – then invite your students to team up with Dr. Rabbit and the Tooth Defenders and become superheroes in protecting their own bright smiles!

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    Components At-a-Glance

    Teacher’s Guide with Classroom Activities
    Tooth Defenders: How It All Began
    Be a Tooth Defender! How to Brush Poster

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    Meet the Tooth Defenders

    See this video online

    Bright Smiles Key Messages

    • Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, especially after eating breakfast and before bedtime
    • Floss daily
    • Use fluoride rinse
    • Limit the number of times you eat sweet and sticky snacks
    • Visit the dentist regularly
    • Oral health is an important part of overall health

    Prepare the Lesson Key:

    Time required for activity

    Supplies Needed

    Pre-lesson to-dos

  • Lesson 1

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    Tooth Defender Training Starts with a Smile!

    In this introductory lesson, students begin their Tooth Defender training by exploring bright smiles and how oral health relates to their everyday lives. They also take their smile exploration home to share!

    30 minutes

    Gather paper and crayons or colored pencils

    Make copies of the Sharing Bright Smiles handout for each student

    1. Engage: Share a Smile
    • What does a bright smile look like? Challenge students to answer this comic riddle — it will bring a smile to their faces! What do you get if you cross a porcupine with a giraffe? (Answer: A long-necked toothbrush)
    2. Explore: Tooth City Scavenger Hunt
    • Distribute copies of Sharing Bright Smiles to each student. Using partners as models, each student will draw a bright, healthy smile.
    • Invite students to showcase their smile portraits on the Bright Smiles bulletin board (see box below) and share what they know about oral health:

    — What do we use our teeth for? (Talking, smiling, eating, chewing)

    — What does oral health mean? (Oral health means teeth and gums are strong and healthy; good oral health is an important part of overall health)

    — Who is in charge of keeping our teeth healthy? (WE are – with help from parents for flossing, and the dental professional to check our teeth regularly)

    — How can we keep our smiles shining? (Share Key Messages from page 3 post them on the Bright Smiles bulletin board)

    BRIGHT SMILES ALERT

    Oral Health is an important part of overall health!

    SMILING AT HOME

    Ask students to bring their Sharing Bright Smiles handout home tointerview family members and discover what makes them smile.

    BRIGHT SMILES BULLETIN BOARD

    Throughout your BSBF classroom exploration, showcase your students´ accomplishments as “Tooth Defenders in training!” Create a Bright Smiles bulletin board to display projects from all of the lessons, along with the posters.

    Lesson 1 handout: Sharing Bright Smiles

  • Lesson 2

    Dr. Rabbit and the Tooth Defenders

    It’s time for students to meet their superhero mentors — Dr. Rabbit and Dr. Brushwell — along with their team of Tooth Defenders! They’ll explore the video scene-by-scene and via a scavenger hunt; learn key oral health vocabulary; and discover why it’s important to become a Tooth Defender!

    30 minutes x 2

    • Video: Dr. Rabbit and the Tooth Defenders, TV screen or projector

    • Scene-by-Scene Showcase beginning on page 7

    Make copies of the handout Tooth City Scavenger Hunt, one for each student

    1. Engage: Meeting the Tooth Defenders
    • Have students share the name and power of their favorite superhero.
    • Get the class geared up for the video: they are about to meet some superheroes called Dr. Rabbit, Dr. Brushwell, and the Tooth Defenders! In this adventure story, four children just like them embark on a mission to defend Tooth City by practicing good oral health habits and fighting Placulus (plaque).
    2. Explore: Tooth City Scavenger Hunt
    • Play the video once through without interruption, reminding students to pay close attention to the details.
    • Have students use the information from the video to begin the Tooth City Scavenger Hunt handout, completing what they can remember from the first viewing.
    3. Explain: Scene-By-Scene with the Superheroes
    • Explore the oral health messages using the Scene-by-Scene Showcase. Play the video again, and pause after each scene to discuss new vocabulary and oral health points depicted.
    • Have students review and complete their Tooth City Scavenger Hunt student handouts.
    4. Evaluate: Tooth Defender Trivia
    • Write “Who, What, When, Where, Why” on the board. Challenge students to Tooth Defender Trivia, such as: Who are the characters? What was happening when the storm rained down? Where did Placulus attack?
    • List responses on the board, and encourage students to ask their own challenging questions.
    BRIGHT SMILES ALERT

    Tooth Defenders use Bright Smiles Super Powers to fight plaque, which can lead to tooth decay!

    SCAVENGER HUNT AT HOME

    Ask students to do a scavenger hunt at home to see how many “Tooth Defender” (oral health) supplies they can find at home. Have them report back what they found, and identify what additional oral health items may be needed.

    Answers to the Tooth City Scavenger Hunt handout:

    1. Toothbrush; 2 times a day

    2. FLOSS; 8 years old

    3. Sweet and sticky foods

    4. Sticky Candy, Soda, Gumdrop, Cupcake, Donut

    5. PLAQUE; drawing of decaying tooth

    6. Fluoride Toothpaste

    7. FLUORIDE RINSE; (b) fight Placulus

    8. Chompers convinces the boy to stop eating sweets.

    9. Body. (Reinforce that a bright smile is something they can share proudly!)

    10. Answers include: Fluoride toothpaste power, toothbrush power, floss power

    Scene-by-Scene Showcase

    The story begins in a young boy’s bedroom — we zoom into his mouth and find ourselves in sparkling Tooth City, home of the Tooth Defenders! 

    Four regular kids – Zach, Paige, Kali and Miguel – wrap up a healthy breakfast and head off to brush their teeth. As they brush, they chat about the important mustdos for toothbrushing. But wait – they soon discover that their puppy pal, Chompers, needs help learning to take care of his teeth! 

    Explore:

    What supplies do the kids use to brush their teeth? What are the important must-dos for toothbrushing?

    Key Messages for discussion:
    • Brush with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, especially after eating breakfast and before bedtime
    • Never share your toothbrush
    • Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or when it becomes “shaggy”
    • Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and brush for two minutes

    The kids launch into a musical anthem that highlights the importance of keeping a bright, shiny smile. Dr. Rabbit and Dr. Brushwell – everyone’s favorite dentists – chime in to sing along!

    Explore:

    Sing along to the musical anthem with your students (see lyrics on page 18). Then ask: What did you learn from the song? Why is it important to keep a bright, shiny smile?

    Key Messages for discussion:
    • Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day
    • Floss daily
    • Use fluoride rinse
    • Limit the number of times you eat sweet and sticky snacks
    • Visit the dentist regularly
    • Oral health is an important part of overall health

    We travel to downtown Tooth City, where Dr. Rabbit and Dr. Brushwell are being interviewed by star reporter, Pearl E. White. Suddenly, skies above are filled with Plaque Monsters floating in their Acid Blaster Cruisers. The dynamic dentists call the Tooth Defenders into action! 

    Explore:

    What do the Plaque Monsters do? Why are they bad?

    Key Messages for discussion:
    • Limit the number of times you eat sweet and sticky snacks
    • Plaque is bacteria that mixes with food to cause acid. It can attack teeth every time you eat!
    • The Tooth Defenders’ key supplies include fluoride toothpaste, toothbrushes (replaced regularly), fluoride rinse, floss, and regular dental checkups.

    Time for action! The Tooth Defenders use their dental “powers” to fight off the Plaque Monsters and clean up Tooth City. Kali, “The Brush,” scrubs the buildings with fluoride toothpaste supplied by the Toothpaste Duo (Finn and Paige); Miguel, “Floss,” gets the plaque monsters hiding between the buildings (the teeth). Dr. Rabbit and Dr. Brushwell lend a hand and cheer on the Defenders – these two super dentists are always there as partners in oral health!

    Explore:

    How do the Tooth Defenders keep the Plaque Monsters away? How do they brush the buildings (teeth) to clean them?

    Key Messages for discussion:
    • Brush all surfaces of teeth: top, bottom, inside, outside, tongue
    • Be sure to brush back molars/teeth way in the back
    • Brushing with fluoride toothpaste helps strengthen teeth and fight plaque
    • Flossing gets the plaque that brushing may have missed

    Here comes Placulus! The sticky villain unleashes a Sweet Storm, hovering above the city in his cruiser as gumdrops rain down on Tooth City! Our heroes are in peril, as the nonstop sugary invasion creates an everincreasing plaque reaction. The Tooth Defenders need to get to the source of the problem … and aha! They realize that it’s the boy. He is snacking non-stop on sticky sweets! 

    Explore:

    What sticky sweets rain down on Tooth City during Sweet Storm? What happens to Tooth City during the storm?

    Key Messages for discussion:
    • Sugary sweets cause a plaque reaction and put teeth at risk for decay
    • Every time you eat, plaque acid can attack your teeth. That’s why it’s important to limit the number of times you eat snacks each day!

    The Defenders are mired in sticky plaque – so it’s Super Chompers to the rescue! He flies out of Tooth City and comes face to face with the boy, “miming” the situation and helping the boy realize that to stop the plaque attack, he mustn’t snack all the time!

    Explore:

    How does a plaque attack happen? How can it be stopped? What snacks should we avoid?

    Key Messages for discussion:
    • Limit the number of times you eat sweet and sticky snacks
    • Plaque is bacteria that mixes with food to cause acid. It can attack teeth every time you eat!

    The Sweet Storm has subsided … and the Tooth Defenders are back in action, unleashing their Bright Smiles Super Powers! The Brush has a final showdown with Placulus, brushing him thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste to get rid of him. He’s gone for now … but he’ll be back, which is why good oral health habits are important every day. 

    Explore:

    How often should we brush our teeth? What parts of our mouth do we brush?

    Key Messages for discussion:
    • Oral health is an important part of overall health!
    • To get rid of plaque, it’s important to brush all surfaces of the teeth: inside, outside, front, back, top, and bottom. And don’t forget the tongue!

    In our final scene, the Tooth Defenders, Dr. Rabbit, Dr. Brushwell and Pearl come face-to-face with the kid, reminding him that he can be a Tooth Defender, too. And so can YOU!

    Explore:

    What does each Tooth Defender do? What are their super powers? How can YOU be a Tooth Defender?

    Key Messages for discussion/recap:
    • Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day
    • Floss daily
    • Use fluoride rinse
    • Limit the number of times you eat sweet and sticky snacks
    • Visit the dentist regularly
    • Oral health is an important part of overall health

    Lesson 2 handout: Tooth City Scavenger Hunt

  • Lesson 3

    YOU can be a Tooth Defender!

    After meeting the characters from Dr. Rabbit and the Tooth Defenders, students further explore oral health behaviors. They discover how they, too, can be superheroes and fight off Placulus with their Bright Smiles Supply Kit… and they’ll even act out an original Tooth Defenders skit!

    30 minutes x 2

    Bring in samples of real Super Power supplies, if desired

    • Make copies of the handout Bright Smiles Supply Kit for each student

    • Using the handout, create a sample kit to show students

    • Write the following questions on the board or large sheet of paper:
        — What is each Tooth Defender’s super power?
        — How is their power used?
        — Why is this power so important for keeping a bright smile?

    1. Engage: What Makes a Superhero?
    • Begin a class discussion by asking: What makes a superhero? How do superheroes act?
    • Why are the Tooth Defenders superheroes? (They practice healthy behaviors to help themselves and others!)
    2. Explore: Create a Superhero Supply Kit for Your Teeth
    • Remind children that just like other superheroes, Tooth Defenders have special powers.
    • Review the Bright Smiles Supply Kit handout and the sample kit with students. Show students how to use the handout to organize the oral health powers (dental supplies) and their instructions in their kits.
    3. Explain: Act like a Tooth Defender
    • Give a Tooth Defender Pop Quiz by asking students to name each superhero and identify his/her super power – Paige and Finn (fluoride toothpaste), Kali (toothbrush), and Miguel (Floss), Chompers (fluoride rinse), Dr. Rabbit and Dr. Brushwell (dental checkup)
    • Divide students into small groups based on their favorite superhero.
    • Challenge teams to prepare unique skits dramatizing their Tooth Defender´s superhero qualities, prompting them by asking:
      — What is the superhero´s power?
      — How is their power used? Why is this super power so important?
    • Have students perform their skits using their best superhero acting skills and clearest voices!
    BRIGHT SMILES ALERT

    Every student can use the Tooth Defenders’ Super Powers to fight plaque! Share and discuss the BSBF Key Messages on page 3!

    BRIGHT SMILES SUPPLY KIT AT HOME

    Have students bring home their Bright Smiles Supply Kit and share with their family. What supplies do they need at home to complete their kit in real life?

    Lesson 3 handout: Bright Smiles Supply Kit

  • Lesson 4

    Know the Enemy: The Science of Placulus

    Through a hands-on scientific exploration, the emerging Tooth Defenders in your class will discover how plaque causes tooth decay. After understanding how sugary foods are weapons for Placulus, students develop a superhero menu of foods to help defend their teeth.

    30 minutes x 2
    (Note: Set up of science experiment will be done first, then set aside and observed over one week. Regroup for final observations.)

    • Paper, crayons or colored pencils

    • 2 small “teeth” similarly sized. (If using a real tooth is not possible, try a piece of chicken bone, seashell, or eggshell. Make sure samples are uniform in size; at least 1 cm or 1/2 inch in diameter.)

    • 2 clear containers (preferably glass)

    • 1/2 cup sugary carbonated soda (cola), 1/2 cup water

    • Rulers for student observations

    Make copies of Placulus, the Villian of Tooth City handout for each student

    1. Engage: It´s Invisible!
    • Pose the following questions:

    — What does it mean to be invisible?

    — If you were a superhero, would you want to be invisible? What if you were a villain?

    2. Explore: Placulus, the Villain of Tooth City
    • Tell students that even though we can´t always see him, Placulus can harm our teeth! Everyone has plaque bacteria in their mouths. When it mixes with food, it creates plaque acid that attacks teeth and can lead to decay. Plaque builds up over time, and can make teeth feel “fuzzy” and cause a visible film on the teeth.
    • Guide your superhero student scientists through the experiment outlined in the Placulus, the Villain of Tooth City handout to observe first-hand how sugary foods can affect our teeth.
    • Explain to students that each step of the experiment part of the scientific method. Before they begin they should note their observations of each sample carefully. They will use this information to compare the resulting observations at the conclusion of the experiment.
    • Help students place one “tooth” into each container and gently pour the liquids — cola in one, water in the other. Create a label with the date and sample liquid. Encourage students to note their observations each day. At the conclusion of the experiment, have them re-measure each sample.
      Note: Results of the experiment may vary by a few days. The sample in water will not change. Over time, the sample submerged in soda (cola) will begin to discolor (turn brownish-black), turn brittle and decay. 
    • Ask students to discuss what they noticed about the samples, and describe how they changed. Based on their observations, what are their conclusions? What happened to the teeth? What powers can we use to defend our teeth from Placulus? Alert students about the Super Power of fluoride toothpaste: it can defend teeth against plaque!
    3. Explain: Combat Placulus with a Smart Snack Decisions
    • Review the types of snacks that give Placulus the most power to damage Tooth City: Sweet, sticky snacks. And in addition, these types of snacks offer few or no beneficial nutrients. That’s why it’s better to choose snacks that are delicious and nutritious, like vegetables, fruits, and low-fat dairy products!
    • Have students work in small groups and lists their favorite healthy snacks that don´t give an extra boost to Placulus. Examples: vegetables, fruits, and low-fat dairy products. Display lists on the Bright Smiles bulletin board to make a snack menu fit for superheroes.
    • Introduce the concept of “frequency” of snacking: Every time you eat a snack, there is a “plaque reaction” that creates acid. It lasts for 20 minutes, and can lead to decay. The more times you eat during the day, the more often you have harmful plaque acid at work!
    BRIGHT SMILES ALERT

    Everyone has plaque bacteria in their mouths. When it mixes with food (or any beverage other than water), plaque creates acid that can attack teeth and lead to decay. 

    HEALTHY SNACKS AT HOME

    Have students share their recommendations for toothfriendly snacks with their families. They can also make a family snack log to see how often during the day the family might be experiencing “plaque attacks”!

    Lesson 4 handout: Placulus, the Villain of Tooth City

  • Lesson 5

    Practice Your Powers: Brush Like a Tooth Defender

    Students learn the best way to get rid of plaque by practicing proper brushing techniques. They embark on a mission to make Tooth Defender strategies a lifelong habit.

    30 minutes

    Clock, watch or timer 

    • Display the Tooth Defenders´ Poster (Side #1)

    • Copy Training for a Superhero Smile, one for each student.

    1. Engage: Counting our Pearly Whites
    • Ask your students to guess how many teeth they have. Give students 15 seconds to answer the challenge!
    • Have each student count his/her teeth and record the numbers on the board. (Note: Answers will vary. Children under the age of 6 have 20 primary teeth; adults can have a total of 32 teeth, including 4 wisdom teeth.)
    • For a superhero challenge, ask students to think about the design and location of different teeth and what different roles they play.
    2. Explore: Learn to Brush (and Move) like Kali
    • Following the motions described in the poster, lead children through a mimed practice in proper brushing. List action words describing movements and steps of brushing on the board: top bottom, inside, outside, front, back – and the tongue!
    • Split students into small groups. Challenge them to develop a dance step for each brushing action, then a dance routine using their steps. Their routine must be two minutes long, to reflect the proper amount of time to brush.
    • Ask groups to perform their routines for the class. If time allows, have students peer teach by performing their routines for a younger class.
    3. Evaluate: Tooth Defender Training

    After learning how to brush like a Tooth Defender, students are ready for their most important mission!

    • Distribute the Training for a Superhero Smile handout, a 28-day brushing chart. (Teacher Tip: it takes 28 days to build a habit!) 
    BRIGHT SMILES ALERT

    Brushing thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day is the first line of defense against plaque. Everyone can do it! 

    SUPERHERO TRAINING FOR 28 DAYS AT HOME

    Have students take home their charts to track of their tooth care for 28 days. It will to help remind students and their families of the Tooth Defender strategies.

    Lesson 5 handout: Training for a Superhero Smile

  • Lesson 6

    Meet a Tooth Defender: Spotlight on Dr. Rabbit

    Students read Tooth Defenders: How It All Began storybook to learn about the important role of dentists in protecting our teeth. They also discover how a tooth defender can unlock Bright Smiles Super Powers and learn about the origins of Placulus. Then, students write themselves into the story and have the opportunity to speak with a real-life Tooth Defender.

    30 minutes x 2

    • Tooth Defenders: How It All Began storybook

    • Paper, crayons or colored pencils

    Schedule a class visit to a dental office, or arrange for a local dental professional to visit the class

    1. Engage: Learning to be a Superhero
    • Begin by discussing superheroes in general. Invite each student to think about his/her superhero quality, something he/she does to help others. What strengths and positive qualities do they feel they have?
    • Ask the following questions:
      — What is your best quality? What are your strengths?
      — How did you acquire your superhero quality? How do you maintain it?
      — Did someone teach you? Did you learn it yourself? Was it difficult?
    2. Explore: Tooth Defenders: How It All Began
    • Revisit the topic of “oral health superheroes” (Tooth Defenders). Share this “secret” with your students: The TAooth Defenders were not born with their powers. They acquired them through effort and the help of mentors!
    • Read Tooth Defenders: How It All Began storybook out loud to students to see how Paige, Finn, Kali, and Miguel became defenders. Ask: What did students notice in the dental office scene? What powers are seen in the book? What could young Plackie have done differently in order to have finished Tooth Defender training?
    • Have the students practice the Tooth Defender’s Pledge from the book.
    3. Explain: Chronicle a Tooth Defender
    • Tell students that Pearl E. White, Tooth City news reporter and local celebrity, is looking for a nightly news co-anchor, and that they will audition for the role! She wants to do a story on the life of a Tooth Defender.
    • Have students work in pairs to choose a Tooth Defender and compose a brief report sharing the Defender’s life story. Explain that they will then “audition” to deliver the report as coanchor, to Tooth City residents (i.e. the rest of the class). Just like real news reporters, remind students to:
      — Include key information (who, what, where, when, why and how)
      — Use important oral health vocabulary (fluoride toothpaste, toothbrush, plaque, floss, fluoride rinse)
      — Speak clearly
    • Ask students to first write a draft, and then practice before delivering their reports orally to the rest of class. Remind them to share their bright smiles!
    4. Elaborate: Getting to Know the Real Dr. Rabbit
    • Invite a local dental professional to visit. (Optionally, have the class visit a dental office.)
    • Prepare students by starting a class K-W-L chart prior to the visit. What do they know? (“K”)
    • Brainstorm with your students about what more they would like to discover about dentists. (“W”) Ask students to create interview questions they can ask a dentist.
    • Have students ask their pre-written interview questions during the visit.
    • After the visit or presentation, ask students to reflect on what they learned and fill in the “L” of their K-W-L chart.

    What we already KNOW about dental professionals

    What we WOULD LIKE TO KNOW about dental professionals

    After the visit, what we LEARNED about dental professionals

    BRIGHT SMILES ALERT

    Dentists and dental hygienists are your key partners in oral health. They help keep your smile bright and show you how to keep teeth and gums healthy.

    LOCAL ORAL HEALTH SUPERHEROES

    With the help of parents, compile a list of names of local dental professionals to share with the rest of the school community. Challenge students to become their family’s Tooth Defender superhero, and share what they’ve learned at home!

    TOOTH DEFENDERS’ ANTHEM

    Ran to the mirror ‘bout a quarter to three
    Had to see what was there, where my smile oughta be
    Opened my lips – what did I see?
    Two rows of pearly beauties, what a lucky me!

    My Teeth – I love ‘em — yeah that’s what I said
    Teeth – the brightest thing in my head
    My teeth – and if I want to keep ‘em that way
    I gotta brush those babies at least twice a day

    My teeth – you gotta admit they’re awesome
    Teeth – to keep ‘em that way I floss ‘em
    Teeth – gonna floss ‘em every day
    They’re shiny and they’re bright and I’d like ‘em to stay.

    Give good oral health a whirl
    And you’ll never be too shy to give your lip a curl
    When you smile everyone stops to stare
    Cuz they see you’re makin’ visits to the dentist’s chair

    My teeth – The brightest things you’ve ever seen
    Teeth – Shining ‘cause they’re sparkling clean
    My teeth – you gotta limit those sticky snacks
    If you wanna stay away from the plaque attacks
    Give good oral health a try
    And you’ll dazzle them all with a brilliant smile
    And a secret you should know
    Healthy teeth ‘n gums help keep you healthy...
    from tooth to toe.

    My teeth – the brightest things you’ve ever seen
    Teeth – Shining ‘cause they’re sparkling clean
    My teeth – I brush ‘em every day
    They’re shiny and they’re bright and I’d like ‘em to stay!

  • Lesson 7

    Bright Smiles, Bright Futures: Today and Forever!

    Students produce and receive an original certificate highlighting the Tooth Defender strategies. They extend their learning by planning creative ways to share oral health practices with their friends and family.

    30 minutes

    Paper, crayons, colored pencils, paints, other art materials for decorating

    • Display the Tooth Defenders´ Poster (side #2)

    • Make a copy of the Bright Smiles Tooth Defender Certificate handout for each student

    1. Engage: Bright Smile Moments
    • Invite students to share their favorite or most memorable “Bright Smile Moment” from their Tooth Defender Training. 
    2. Explore: Tooth Defender Certificate

    Just like the Tooth Defender Superheroes, your students will receive a certificate/pledge to complete their training.

    • Distribute the Bright Smiles Tooth Defender Certificate handout. Each student will decorate one but should leave the name blank.
    • Have students list, illustrate, and decorate with the strategies and knowledge the class has learned.
      — Display the Bright Smiles Poster, Tooth Defender Challenge: Discover Your Bright Smiles Super Powers (side #2) as a reference.
      — Have students follow the tangled paths that connect the Defenders to their Super Powers. How will students maintain their powers moving forward?
    • Remind students to leave the name section of the certificate blank. When the certificates are completed, fill in the names so that each student receives a certificate made by a classmate.
    3. Explain: Act like a Tooth Defender
    •  Divide the class into teams, and challenge them to brainstorm creative ways of sharing the oral health messages they have learned. Examples could be a puppet show, mural, a play, posters, original books, etc.
    • Have teams prepare to share their projects at Tooth Defenders Graduation!
    4. Elaborate: Tooth Defenders Graduation

    Invite family members, friends, and other students to celebrate oral health.

    • Encourage students to show off their work on the Bright Smiles bulletin board.
    • Have teams share the projects they have developed.
    • Award the certificates in a Bright Smiles Graduation ceremony, and have students recite the Tooth Defender’s Pledge together!
    BRIGHT SMILES ALERT

    Your bright smile can last a lifetime if you take care of it. Use your own Bright Smiles Super Powers to be a lifelong Tooth Defender!

    TOOTH DEFENDERS AT HOME

    Invite families to come celebrate the Tooth Defenders Graduation. Ask for their support in continuing the quest for Oral Health at home by distributing handouts (see page 21 for ideas!).

  • Fostering Family Involvement

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    Fostering Family Involvement

    Good oral health is an integral part of a child’s overall health.

    Remind parents and caregivers that by modeling proper tooth brushing and encouraging children to take care of their teeth at home, they are helping their child develop healthy habits they can practice forever!

    Bright Smiles, Bright Futures is most successful when educators, dental professionals and families work together to promote positive and lasting oral health habits starting at a young age. 

    Parents play a key role in their child’s oral health. As you take your students on the journey toward becoming tooth defenders, you are in an ideal position to foster at-home involvement for your students and their families!

    The Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures integrated program gives you the information, materials and ideas to foster family involvement and extend the lessons you’re covering in class.

    • Utilize the Home Connections tips sprinkled throughout this guide. They offer easy ideas for sending oral health messages home and promoting family engagement.
    • The Family Take-home gives parents the oral health nuts-and-bolts they need to easily integrate oral health strategies into their daily family routines. Distribute the take-home as a program kickoff, at an inclass event, or to wrap up the unit.
    • The 28-Day Oral Health Tracking Chart is a great at-home reminder that defending teeth is something to be done every day. Have additional copies available for those families who want to continue tracking beyond the 4-week period. Remind parents that if a child has a dental checkup scheduled during the tracking period, the child can take it along to the dental appointment to share – perhaps the dental professional can even autograph the chart!
    • The Tooth Defenders’ Pledge/ Certificate starts as an in-class activity … and concludes with a meaningful reminder that children will be proud to take home and share! Encourage parents to post it at home as a reminder of the importance of good oral health habits for everyone!
    • Encourage parents to join Bright Smiles, Bright Futures on Facebook! www.facebook.com/colgate

    Remember: you are ensuring that children’s smiles can last a lifetime!

    HOME CONNECTIONS TIPS
  • Tooth Defender Training At-A-Glance

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    LESSON COMPONENTS
    TOOTH DEFENDERS’ LEARNING OBJECTIVES GRADE 2-3 GLOBAL EDUCATION STANDARDS

    1: Tooth Defender Training Starts with a Smile!

    SH: Sharing Bright Smiles 

    • Share existing knowledge of oral health
    • Explore the connections between oral health and well-being

    Language Arts

    • Choose appropriate words to express and describe ideas while speaking and writing
    • Ask and answer questions to explore a topic and gather more information on a topic

    Visual Art

    • Use diverse materials, in combination with writing, to express ideas visually and creatively

    2: Dr. Rabbit and the Tooth Defenders

    Video: Dr. Rabbit and the Tooth Defenders

    Video Scene-byScene Guide (See page 7)

    SH: Tooth City Scavenger Hunt 

    • Define and utilize new (and key) oral health vocabulary: toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, fluoride rinse, plaque
    • Identify and describe oral health strategies

    Language Arts

    • Acquire, define and use new and varied vocabulary correctly while speaking and writing
    • Determine main ideas and describe supporting details of information presented in diverse media, visually and orally
    • Ask and answer questions to explore a topic, gather more information to demonstrate understanding of an idea, event, or concept
    • Report on a story with appropriate facts and relevant descriptive details

    3: YOU too, can be a Tooth Defender!

    SH: Bright Smiles Supply Kit

    • Explain the connection between healthy behaviors and being a superhero
    • Demonstrate an understanding of how to use oral health tools
    • Creatively identify and summarize oral health practices

    Language Arts

    • Describe characters in a story and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
    • Tell and dramatically express a story with descriptive details speaking clearly at an understandable pace, using dialogue to express the thoughts, feelings and responses of characters
    • Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners

    Visual Art

    • Use diverse materials, in combination with writing, to express ideas visually and creatively

    4: Know the Enemy: The Science of Placulus

    SH: Placulus, The Villian of Tooth City

    • Understand and explain what causes tooth decay
    • Use scientific discovery to draw conclusions based on observation and analysis
    • Make dietary choices that keep teeth healthy

    Language Arts

    • Describe characters in a story and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
    • Tell and dramatically express a story with descriptive details speaking clearly at an understandable pace, using dialogue to express the thoughts, feelings and responses of characters

    Science

    • Demonstrate ability and understanding of how and why to conduct scientific inquiry; carry out investigations in collaboration with other students
    • Understand and describe the change of properties in matter

    Math

    • Generate and represent data by measuring lengths of an object using appropriate tools; compare and interpret two sets of data

    5: Practice Your Powers: Brush Like A Tooth Defender

    • Poster: Tooth Defenders

    SH: Training for a Superhero Smile

    • Practice proper brushing and flossing to get rid of plaque and keep teeth healthy
    • Practice oral health care by tracking brushing for 28 days
    • Share oral health strategies with families

    Language Arts

    • Engage effectively in collaborative discussions with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly
    • Write routinely over extended time frames for discipline-specific tasks and purpose

    Math

    • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract • Generate measurement – tell and write time rounding to the nearest five minutes using a.m. and p.m.
    • Conduct basic mathematical calculations of addition and subtraction

    Physical Education

    • Apply movement concepts to learning and development

    6: Meet a Tooth Defender: Spotlight on Dr. Rabbit

    • Storybook: Tooth Defenders: How It All Began
    • Explain how dental professionals help us to care for our teeth
    • Synthesize oral health practices by creating an original story
    • Practice daily tooth care with the whole family by completing an oral health tracking chart

    Language Arts

    • Determine, describe and explain main ideas and concepts presented orally or through other media
    • Report on a story with appropriate facts and relevant descriptive details
    • Write narrative text to express real or imagined experiences or events using appropriate vocabulary, descriptive details, and clear event sequences
    • Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly

    Visual Art

    • Use diverse materials to express ideas visually and creatively

    7: Bright Smiles, Bright Futures: Today and Forever!

    • Poster: Tooth Defenders

    SH: Tooth Defender Certificate

    • Summarize key oral health strategies from the Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program
    • Communicate knowledge and learnings in a variety of ways
    • Develop a project to teach others about oral health practices 

    Language Arts

    • Engage effectively in collaborative discussions with diverse partners, responding to questions, and expressing ideas, feelings and thoughts clearly
    • Present and communicate information, findings, and supporting evidence following a line of reasoning, and utilizing organization, development, and style that are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
    • Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly

    Visual Art

    • Use diverse materials, in combination with writing, to express ideas visually and creatively

     

  • Printouts

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