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  • Welcome

    Dear Teacher,

    For nearly 30 years, the Colgate-Palmolive Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® (BSBF) program has been providing children, teachers, and families the tools they need to make good oral health a permanent part of their lives. BSBF teaches children not only how to care for their teeth and gums, but why good oral health is important. Helping children develop healthy long-term dental care habits empowers them to become lifelong Tooth Defenders.

    Because of educators like you, BSBF has reached over 1 billion children, spanning 80 countries and in 30 languages. 

    Thank you for being a part of Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®!

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

    Thank You to Our Advisor

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

  • Inside This Guide

    Inside the BSBF Kit

    Meet Dr. Rabbit and the Tooth Defenders: Oral Health Activities for K-1

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    Chompers: Loose in Tooth City storybook

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    Be a Tooth Defender! How to Brush Poster

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    Meet the Tooth Defenders

    See this video online

    Prepare the Lesson Key:

    Time required for activity

    Key oral health message

    Ways to expand activities

    Options to extend learning at ColgateBSBF.com

    Dental Van

    Interested in free dental screenings for your students? Visit www.colgate. com/BSBFVanVisit to learn more about Colgate’s BSBF dental van and request a visit for your school!

  • Meet the Tooth Defenders

    These oral health superheroes introduce key messages to your students, and keep learning fun and futures bright

    Laura

    Dental Hygenist
    Cleans and polishes teeth and teaches good oral hygiene

    Dr. Rabbit and Dr. Brushwell

    Dentists
    Make teeth strong and smiles bright

    Miguel

    a.k.a Floss
    Removes plaque that hides between teeth

    Kallie

    a.k.a the Brush
    Brushes for two minutes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste so that teeth can sparkle

    Chompers

    the Mascot
    Helps the Tooth Defenders sniff out adventure

    Paige and Finn

    a.k.a the Toothpaste Duo
    Protect teeth with their combined powers of fluoride toothpaste

  • Activity 1

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    Dr. Rabbit Says

    5-10 minutes

    Brush with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, two times a day

    Teach your students bright smiles basics with this fun spin on the classic game of Simon Says.
    • Explain that brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day helps to keep smiles healthy, bright, and cavity free
    • Explain that Dr. Rabbit is a dentist, which is a special kind of doctor who helps keep teeth and mouths healthy
    • Tell students to mime phrases that begin with “Dr. Rabbit Says.” If they mime phrases that don’t begin with “Dr. Rabbit Says,” they’re out
    • Lead students through good oral health habits using the following phrases:

    For extra practice, let students try out toothbrushing techniques on the poster using clean, dry paintbrushes, pencil erasers, or their fingers. 

    Find more printable classroom posters at ColgateBSBF.com

    Use the Be a Tooth Defender! How to Brush poster to teach students how to brush their teeth.

    Dr. Rabbit Says…
    …use your toothbrush to brush your teeth
    …brush the insides and outsides of your teeth
    …brush your top and bottom teeth
    …brush your tongue

    Students mime:
    Brushing teeth
    Brushing insides & outsides of teeth
    Brushing top and bottom teeth
    Brushing tongue

    - Use your toothbrush to brush your ear
    - Students who move are out


    Dr. Rabbit Says…
    …put fluoride toothpaste on your toothbrush
    …brush with fluoride toothpaste after breakfast

    Students mime:
    Squeezing toothpaste out of tube
    Eating breakfast then brushing teeth

    - Brush your teeth with frosting
    - Students who move are out


    Dr. Rabbit Says…
    …brush your teeth before bed

    Students mime:
    Brushing teeth then going to bed

    - Brush your teeth after bed
    - Students who move are out

  • Activity 2

    Reach for Bright Futures

    5-10 minutes

    Limit sweet and sticky snacks

    Teach your students bright smiles basics with this fun spin on the classic game of Simon Says.
    • Explain that brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day helps to keep smiles healthy, bright, and cavity free
    • Explain that Dr. Rabbit is a dentist, which is a special kind of doctor who helps keep teeth and mouths healthy
    • Tell students to mime phrases that begin with “Dr. Rabbit Says.” If they mime phrases that don’t begin with “Dr. Rabbit Says,” they’re out
    • Lead students through good oral health habits using the following phrases:

    For extra practice, let students try out toothbrushing techniques on the poster using clean, dry paintbrushes, pencil erasers, or their fingers. 

    Find more printable classroom posters at ColgateBSBF.com

    Use the Be a Tooth Defender! How to Brush poster to teach students how to brush their teeth.

    FOOD

     

    PUSH OR REACH

    Grapes          Reach
    Soda          Push
    Cheese          Reach
    Yogourt          Reach
    Gumdrops          Push
    Milk          Reach
    Cookies          Push
    Orange          Reach
    Chips          Push
    Pretzels          Push
    Carrots          Reach
    Cake          Push
    Cherries          Reach
    Gummy bears          Push
    Apple          Reach
  • Activity 3

    Why Visit the Dental Office? Riddles

    5-10 minutes

    Visit the dentist regularly

    What happens during dental checkups, and why are they important? Teach your students the answers with these dental visit riddles.
    • Tell your students that everyone should get a dental checkup twice a year
    • Explain that getting dental checkups twice a year helps prevent cavities and keeps smiles bright
    • Explain what happens during a dental visit by asking the following riddles:

    Get your students even more excited about oral health by inviting a dental health professional to your classroom. Or, request a visit from a Colgate BSBF mobile dental van at www.Colgate.com/ BSBFVanVisit

    Watch the Visit the Dentist classroom video at ColgateBSBF.com

    Read aloud the storybook, Chompers: Loose in Tooth City. Ask your class why the Tooth Defenders visit Dr. Rabbit.

    What kind of doctor keeps your mouth healthy?

    Hint: Dr. Rabbit and Dr. Brushwell are this kind of doctor.

    Answer: A dentist. During your dental checkup, a dentist like Dr. Rabbit or Dr. Brushwell will check to make sure that your teeth are staying healthy.


    What does your dental hygienist clean and polish during your dental visit?

    Hint: They’re on your head, but they’re not your eyes or your ears.

    Answer: Your teeth. Your dental hygienist cleans and polishes your teeth, applies fluoride treatments, and teaches you how to take care of your teeth at home. 


    What do you sit on at the dentist’s office?

    Hint: It moves up and down.

    Answer: A dental chair. This kind of chair also leans way back to help your dentist and dental hygieniest see your teeth and the inside of your mouth better. 


    What else do your dentist and dental hygienist use to see your teeth better?

    Hint: One thing helps you see at night, and one thing helps you see yourself.

    Answer: A lamp and a mirror. Your dentist or dental hygienist may use these and other dental tools to see and clean your teeth. 


    Which doctor always makes you smile?

    Hint: His job is to make your smile healthy and bright.

    Answer: Dr. Rabbit, of course!

  • Activity 4

    Count On Bright Smiles

    5-10 minutes

    Floss once a day to remove plaque

    Baby teeth count, so use this activity to teach your students how flossing every day helps keep them healthy and bright.
    • Share copies of the Connect the Floss Handout on page 11
    • Let students connect the dots
    • Ask students to count the teeth on the picture
    • Ask them to count the spaces between the teeth
    • Tell students that floss cleans the spaces between teeth where toothbrushes can’t reach

    A grownup should help your students floss once a day. Give a take-home family packet to each of your students to help their caregivers get started.

    Add movement to this activity by teaching students how to floss on an empty, upside-down egg carton. Or, ask students to line up one arm’s length away from each other. Have them hold hands and raise their arms over their heads. Then, one at a time, let them play floss by walking between each set of students.

    Find more printable games and activities at ColgateBSBF.com

  • Activity 5

    The Tooth Defender Pledge

    5-10 minutes

    • Brush with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, two times a day

    • Limit sweet and sticky snacks

    • Visit the dentist regularly

    • Floss once a day to remove plaque

    Reward your students’ oral health superpowers with their very own Tooth Defender Certificates.
    • Share copies of the Tooth Defender Certificate Handout on page 12
    • As you introduce each key message, ask students to find the matching picture on the handout
    • Ask students to choose their own Tooth Defender superpower, for example: The Brush
    • Let students make an oral health pledge based on their new superpower, for example: “I pledge to brush my teeth every day before bed”
    • Then ask students to circle or color in the picture on the handout that matches their pledge
    • Help students take the Tooth Defenders’ Pledge and write their names on their certificates
    Read aloud the storybook, Chompers: Loose in Tooth City.

    Make learning last all year by building a bulletin board of completed certificates. Or, create your own class pledge to practice anytime your students need a reminder about good oral care.

    Find more printable games and activities at ColgateBSBF.com

  • Activity 6

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    An Oral Care Eggs-periment

    1 day for prep

    20 minutes for activity

    Learning Goals:
    Understand the relationship between plaque, tooth decay, and sugary foods Review good oral health habits

    Language Arts Learning Standards
    • Use words and phrases learned through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts
    • Contribute to group discussions by offering ideas and responding to questions
    Supplies
    • 2 hard-boiled eggs
    • 2 plastic cups
    • 1 cup dark soda
    • 1 cup water
    Prep

    Soak one egg in soda and one egg in water overnight

    Directions
    • Introduce key vocabulary to students: tooth, toothbrush, plaque, and cavity
    • Remove the eggs from the liquids, then ask students to compare them
    • Explain that soda affects eggs the same way sugary foods affect the white parts (enamel) of our teeth
    • Use a toothbrush to scrub the surface of the egg, then explain to students that this is how toothbrushes clean our teeth
    Discussion

    When we eat or drink, plaque bacteria on our teeth mixes with food and drinks and creates acid that can attack our teeth. If plaque stays on teeth, it can cause cavities: tiny holes in teeth.

    Ask students to share what they can do to protect their bright smiles, like:

    • Limit sweet and sticky snacks
    • Use their Tooth Defender superpowers: toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, floss
    • Visit Dr. Rabbit regularly

    How do you teach oral care? Send your toothiest ideas and in-class activities to BSBF@carrotnewyork.com for a chance to be featured in next year’s Activity Guide.

  • Printouts

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