Throughout Key Stage One (KS1) and Key Stage Two (KS2) pupils learn about themselves and how they fit within their community. They learn the basics on health and safety, social norms and how to behave well. Dental hygiene is a very important area for KS1 and KS2 pupils that sits within both Science and Personal, Health & Social Education (PHSE) lessons.
We supply innovative resources designed to help learn about dental hygiene in KS1 and KS2.
For example our Anatomical Teeth / Dental Set is a durable and realistic hinged model of an adult set of teeth. Perfect for pupils to explore and understand teeth formation and dental hygiene. While our Giant Teeth Dental Demonstration Model – is excellent for class demonstrations on dental hygiene and tooth care. It can be operated manually in a hand-puppet like fashion.
The Giant Dental Care model comes complete with a giant toothbrush to highlight how dental hygiene can be achieved and our Dental Plaque Disclosing Tablets - Pk24 can be used in the classroom and at home to highlight how plague can build up throughout the day but cannot easily be seen. Why not use these with the Dental Mirrors – Pk10 so pupils can explore their own mouths and to encourage active participation and learning in class?
Key dental facts that could be discussed while using dental hygiene models and resources:
- The four main types of teeth: incisors, canines, pre-molars and molars.
-What each type of tooth is designed for: Incisors cut food, canines tear food, pre-molars crush food, and molars grind food.
-Humans are omnivores, as we eat a diet of plants and meat which is why our teeth are designed and laid out in our mouth the way they are.
-What teeth are made of - the crown and the root, consisting of four different substances: enamel, dentine, pulp and cementum.
-The ways in which we can keep our teeth healthy, e.g. brushing twice a day, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash.
-Dentist visits – what to expect, discuss different experiences and think of questions to ask the dentist on the next visit.
-How your diet can affect the health of your teeth. Sugary foods can cause tooth decay and acidic foods can also attack the enamel on your teeth. List the sugary and acidic foods and drinks that should be avoided, and what you can substitute these with.
-Problems that can occur with your teeth and gums, such as cavities, sensitivity, bad breath and gum disease. How these are resolved and how they can be prevented.
View our full range of dental health resources here.