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Oral Health Education Guide for Grade 4

Grade 4 girl and boy.

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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
Mathematics Data Collection and Organization of Data
Health and Physical Education Healthy Living C1.1, C1.4, C2.1, C2.2, C3.1, and C3.2
Science and Technology Earth and Space 1.1
Arts Visual Arts D1.3

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The following links are a variety of resources to help students discover the oral health beliefs and practices in other cultures and learn about oral health in a visual, informative, and fun way.

  1. Beeler, Selby B. (2001). Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World. Sandpiper. None edition, 2001
  2. Targ Brill, Marlene. (March 1998). Tooth Tales from Around the World. Charlesbridge Publishing; First Edition.
  3. Keller, Laurie (2000). Open Wide: Tooth School Insider. Henry Holt & Company. External Link

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Collect data by conducting a survey (e.g., the number of teeth each student has lost, the number of permanent teeth each student has, or estimate tooth-brushing time).

Estimating tooth-brushing time

Online Teaching Resource External LinkAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) (See page 7 - 13)

  • Approximately how much time might a person spend brushing his or her teeth in one year?
  • Approximately how much time might that person spend brushing his or her teeth in one decade?
  • Approximately how much time could that person spend brushing his or her teeth in half a century?

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Health & Physical Education

Healthy Living

Students can research and identify the key nutrients (e.g., fat, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and minerals) provided by foods and beverages, and describe their importance for oral health (e.g., calcium is important for healthy bones and teeth, what food or beverages can it be found in?).

  1. Schuh, Mari. Snacks for Healthy Teeth.
    Pebble Plus Age Level: 08-12.
    ISBN: 9781429617857
  2. Healthy Bodies - Bones and Teeth External Link

Students can identify which substances (e.g., nicotine, carbon monoxide, and tar) are found in tobacco and smoke products (e.g., cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, and snuff). Describe how these substances affect oral health.

  1. Frequently Asked Questions about Tobacco
  2. Facts About Smoking and Tobacco - What's in Cigarettes? External Link
  3. Smoking Tobacco - Canadian Dental Association - Side Effects, Risk Factors, How to Quit External Link

Students can find information about the harmful effects of smoking and develop a personal plan of action to make good decisions about smoking.

  1. Children and Smoking Facts
  2. Tobacco, Cancer, and Second Hand Smoke External Link
  3. Smoking and Oral Cancer External Link

Using the criteria found in Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide, each student can analyse personal food selections through self-monitoring over time (e.g., food groups, portion size, and serving size), and develop a simple healthy-eating goal beneficial for good oral health.

  1. Hodges, S., Warren, J., & Bittinger, G. (December 1994). Multicultural Snacks. Totline Publications.
  2. Canada's Food Guide - Sample One-Day Menu for David, a 10-year old boy External Link
  3. Canada's Food Guide - Tips for Vegetables and Fruits External Link

Students can identify potential dangers and risks during certain activities (e.g., when cycling or playing a variety of sports). Students can consider ways to keep their mouths and teeth protected, to assess risks, and to make safe decisions in a variety of situations.

  1. Athletic Mouthguards – It’s your Health External Link
  2. How Mouthguards Protect You

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Science & Technology

Earth and Space

Rocks and Minerals

The properties of rocks and minerals determine how people can use them. Assess the possible oral health usages of elements made from rocks and minerals.

  1. Calcium - General information External Link
  2. Calcium - Storage External Link
  3. Fluoride - Background External Link
  4. Question about Fluoride in Drinking Water

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Visual Arts

Students can use elements of design (e.g., poster or drawing) to communicate ideas, messages, and understanding of different oral health messaging (e.g., the importance of wearing mouthguards during sports or the benefits of healthy snacks on oral health).

  1. How Mouthguards Protect You External Link
  2. Mouthguards protect more than your mouth External LinkAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
  3. Teeth & Nutrition External Link
  4. Food & Your Teeth External Link

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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.