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Oral Health Education Program Teachers Guide For Grade R to Grade 3

For children ages 5-6


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  • Welcome

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    Dear Early Head Start Educator:

    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, Signature

    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

    Bright Smiles Bright Futures
  • Inside This Guide

    Inside the BSBF Kit

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

    Meet Dr. Rabbit and the Tooth Defenders

    Chompers: Loose in Tooth City storybook

    Chompers: Loose in Tooth City storybook

    Be a Tooth Defender! How to Brush Poster

    Know How to Brush Poster

    Meet the Tooth Defenders

    Meet the Tooth Defenders video

    Prepare the Lesson Key:



    Time required for activity


    Key oral health message


    Ways to expand activities


    Options to extend learning at

  • Meet the Tooth Defenders

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

    Dental Hygenist
    Cleans and polishes teeth and teaches good oral hygiene

    Dr. Rabbit and Dr. Brushwell
    Dr. Rabbit and Dr. Brushwell

    Make teeth strong and smiles bright

    Tooth Defender Laura

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

    Tooth Defender Kallie

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

    Tooth Defender Chompers

    the Mascot
    Helps the Tooth Defenders sniff out adventure

    Paige and Finn
    Paige and Finn

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

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