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Oral Health Education Guide for Grade 5

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Links to Curriculum Expectation Table

Specific expectation numbers per learning block and strand have been identified based on their relevancy to oral health.

Learning Block Strand Specific Expectation #
Language Reading 1.1, 3.3
Social Studies Canada and World Connections Inquiry/Research and Communication Skills
Health and Physical Education Healthy Living C2.1
Science and Technology Earth and Space - Conservation of Energy and Resources 1.1
Mathematics Number Sense and Numeration Quantity Relationships

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Help students learn about oral health in a visual, informative, and fun way.

  1. Keller, Laurte. (2000). Open Wide: Tooth School Inside External Link. Henry Holt & Company


Students can practice reading/singing the following poem/song.

The Toothbrush Song

(To the tune of "Row,Row, Row Your Boat")
Brush, brush, brush your teeth
Brush them everyday.
We put toothpaste on our brush
To help stop tooth decay.
Floss, floss, floss your teeth.
Floss them every day!
Using the string to clean between
Keeps the plaque away!
Clean, clean, clean your teeth.
Clean them every day!
Your teeth will sparkle for years to come
In the most beautiful way!
Brush, brush, brush your teeth.
Brush them every day!
Happy, healthy teeth you'll have
If it's done this way.

Additional rhymes and songs External Link

To view this resource and/or to explore additional online oral health education resources, visit us online.

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Health & Physical Education

Active Living

Use the links below to identify what behaviours and precautions can be taken by each person to demonstrate responsibility for their own personal safety during physical activities, including safety considerations related to equipment (e.g., helmets, mouthguards). Although protective equipment such as mouthguards do not prevent concussions, a mouthguard can help prevent serious injuries like broken jaws, chipped teeth and cuts to the tongue and check. The mouth area is injured the most during contact sports.

Healthy Living

Use the power point presentation and the speaker’s notes provided in the link below to help students understand nutrition labelling and to empower them to make better informed and healthier food choices.

View the Sugary Drink fact sheet and Sugar Shocker activity kit. Using various beverage labels, students can find the sugar content of each beverage. Simulate the amount of sugar in the beverage using teaspoons of sugar or sugar cubes to enable students to visualize the sugar content in their beverages.

  1. Sugar Shocker Education Kit (external link)
  2. Sugary Drink Sense for Teens (external link)

Use the links below to discuss what you should do if you or a fellow classmate has a dental emergency

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Science & Technology

Conservation of Energy and Resources

  1. Lakehead University - Conserving our Water Resources Fact Sheet External Link
  2. Experiment: Before starting the experiment, have children guess how much water it takes the average person to brush their teeth. Read the statistics below regarding water usage while brushing teeth and simulate the amount of water in a container or number of containers representing 30 litres. Students can also do an experiment at home to see just how much water they are using to brush their teeth: a plug is put in the sink drain and the teeth are brushed for 2 minutes. The student can observe how much water has accumulated during that time.
    • 2 gallons of water used per minute when brushing equals 4 gallons for 2 minutes of brushing, therefore equalling 8 gallons per person bushings 2 times per day
    • 1 gallon = 4 litres approximately
    • Therefore 30 litres of water would be used for one person brushing for 2 minutes/2 times a day

Citizens of Ontario use approximately 293 litres of water pre person everyday on all activities
(Canadian Housing and Mortgage Corporation-Household Guide to Water Efficiency 2005)

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Social Studies

Canada and World Connections

Students can compare the oral health statistics of children around the world. Discuss reasons why Canadian children have a relatively high rate of dental decay.

World Health Organization (WHO) - Oral Health

  • Worldwide, 60–90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities.
  • Dental cavities can be prevented by maintaining a constant low level of fluoride in the oral cavity.
  • Severe periodontal (gum) disease, which may result in tooth loss, is found in 15–20% of middle-aged (35-44 years) adults.
  • Globally, about 30% of people aged 65–74 have no natural teeth.
  • Oral disease in children and adults is higher among poor and disadvantaged population groups.
  • Risk factors for oral diseases include an unhealthy diet, tobacco use, harmful alcohol use and poor oral hygiene, and social determinants.

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Number Sense and Numeration

Students can bring in beverage containers with labels to compare the sugar content. Create a fraction circle to show the differing amounts of sugar content for each beverage. Using Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide, compare this information with the amount of sugar a person should have per day.

Energy 275kJ
Protein 3.4g
Carbohydrate 4.7g
of which sugars 4.7g
Fat 3.6g
of which saturates 2.3g
mono-unsaturates 1.0g
polyunsaturates 0.1g
Fibre 0.0g
Sodium trace
Salt equivalent trace

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  • Based on The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8.
  • Created by Halton Region Health Department, in consultation with the HCDSB and the HDSB.
  • Permission 2013:
    1. WHO (2012). Oral Health. Geneva, World Health Organization (Fact sheet no. 318 External Link, accessed 25 January, 2013)
    2. The link to Sugar Shocker Education Kit is provided with permission from Nutrition Services, Alberta Health Services.