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Oral Health Education Guide for Grades 6-8

Grade Six Children

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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 Grade Specific Expectation #
Language Writing 7 1.2, 2.1, 3.2
8 1.1
Media 7 1.2
8 3.4, 4.2
Art Drama 7 B1.1
Dance 8 A1.2
Health and Physical Education Active Living 6 A3.2
Healthy Living 6 C1.1, C2.1, C3.2
7 C2.2, C3.1, C3.2
8 C1.2, C1.4, C2.1, C2.2, C3.1
Science and Technology Structures and Mechanisms 7 1.1
Mathematics Number Sense and Numeration 7 Data Relationships
Themes of Geographic Inquiry 8 Knowledge and Understanding
Geography Themes of Geographic Inquiry 7 Knowledge and Understanding

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Writing (Grades 7 & 8)

The links below provide information about financial assistance for people who are unable to afford dental treatment. Students can use this information to write an article (e.g., to a local newspaper) to inform the public about these programs and how to access them.

  1. Financial Assistance for All Ages
  2. Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO)
  3. Halton Oral Health Outreach Program
  4. Financial Assistance HSO External Link
  5. Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry - Financial Assistance Information External Link

Media (Grades 7 & 8)

How does popular media define a healthy smile/teeth? How does this affect people’s views of their own smile/ teeth? What message does this convey to people whose smile does not match the media’s definition of a healthy smile? What is the real colour of natural and healthy teeth?External Link (Gr. 7)

Create a video/magazine ad informing people about healthy eating or how people experiencing oral health problems can access financial assistance. How can understanding what foods are healthy for oral health assist them? (Gr. 8).

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 (Grade 6)

Students can research information about what they can do if a tooth is knocked out (e.g., during a game the ball hits someone in the face and teeth are damaged).

  1. Dental Emergencies – Frequently Asked Questions
  2. Common Dental Emergencies and How to Handle Them External Link

Healthy Living (Grades 6 - 8)

Substance Use, Addictions, and Related Behaviours

Students can use the information below to research information about substance use and describe how the use of these substances can affect oral health. (Gr. 6)

  1. Cannabis users generally have poorer oral health than non-users, with an increased risk of tooth decay, periodontal disease and oral cancer. Prolonged cannabis use can cause dry mouth which is a significant risk factor for oral health problems.
  2. Healthy Mouth Healthy You - Youth Book (PDF file)
  3. Kids Health and Smoking (Grades 6-8) (PDF file)
  4. Ontario Dental Association-Smoking (external link)
  5. Oral Health for Teens – British Columbia Dental Association (external link)

Did you know? (Gr.7)

  • Oral health professionals can help people connect with professionals who can provide assistance with mental health concerns, substance abuse, and addiction.
  • Oral health professionals can develop specific treatment plans to help people who have an addiction protect their teeth and gums.
  • Users must talk to their oral health providers about their drug use as drugs can react with the anaesthetics commonly used in oral health treatment.

Discuss the oral health and financial problems resulting from substance abuse. (e.g., problems in the mouth may result from substance abuse. A person may be unable to resolve the issue because monetary resources are used to purchase substances for an addiction. Or a person may decide against dental treatment so as to purchase drugs.) (Gr. 8)

The picture and links below contain information about the process of tooth decay, healthy foods for your mouth and teeth, and how to make healthier food choices. Students can:

  • Consult Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide to determine how people can make healthy food choices on a limited budget. Using the information found, create a sample menu for a limited budget. (Gr. 6)
  • Discuss how to choose foods that do not cause tooth decay and can be purchased on a limited budget. (Gr. 7)
  • Compare labels from popular food items and decide which items are “oral health friendly”. (Gr. 6 & 8)
  1. Snacking and Your Teeth
  2. Food Label Lesson Plans External Link
  3. Healthy Eating Lesson Plan External Link
  4. Food and Your Teeth External Link
  5. Oral Health External Link
  6. Nutrition for Children External Link
  7. Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide External Link
  8. Healthy Snacks External Link
  9. Experiment External Link

Sources for information about healthy eating and related behaviours. (Gr.8)

  1. General Health Information
  2. Nutrition
  3. Oral Health Checklist

Personal Safety and Injury Prevention (Grades 6 & 8)

Students can research information to help identify when a mouthguard should be worn and explain how a mouthguard protects the mouth. (Grades 6 & 8)

  1. How to Use and Care for Your Mouthguard External Link
  2. Dental Safety External Link
  3. How Mouthguards Protect the Mouth External Link
  4. Guard Your Mouth and Protect Your Smile External Link
  5. Sports Mouthguards: Putting More Bite into Injury Prevention External Link

What are the possible health risks with oral piercing? (Gr. 8)

  1. Frequently Asked Questions about Piercing
  2. Risks of Piercing External Link
  3. Tongue Piercing and Broken Teeth External Link

Additional linkages for Halton District School Board

Discuss what some types of infections affect the mouth? How do they affect the mouth?

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Science & Technology

Structures and Mechanisms (Grade 7)

Students can research what is the environmental impact of disposing of amalgam fillings and what can be done to lessen the impact on the environment?

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Themes of Geographic Inquiry (Grade 7)

Fluoride is a natural mineral which makes teeth stronger and more resistant to tooth decay and prevents bacteria from producing acids that cause tooth decay. Use the links below to find out which countries are rich with natural sources of fluoride.

  1. Natural fluorides
  2. Map of areas in the world with fluoride rich soil External Link

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Drama (Grade 7)

Role play the effects of not being hired for a job because of the appearance of poor oral health due to not having enough money to maintain a healthy mouth.

Dance (Grade 7)

Use dance to communicate the effects poverty has on poor oral health such as not being able to have regular dental cleanings, buy the necessary tools for daily oral care, or healthy food. (e.g., at the grocery store checkout, you have put back items because you cannot afford them. Oral care items and healthy food are the first items to go back.) How can this be solved?

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Numeration (Grade 8)

Use the links below to help students discover the sugar content found in popular drinks. Then, compare the proportions found in each drink.

  1. Sugar Shocker Education Kit (external link)
  2. Canada’s Food Guide: Beverages (external link)
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.
  • Permissions 2013:
    The link to Sugar Shocker Education Kit is provided with permission from Nutrition Services, Alberta Health Services.