The Minnesota Oral Health Project

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Educators



Teaching oral health to children and their caregivers is important for a healthy mouth and a healthy future.

black teacher with young students

Educators

Help children and their caregivers understand the importance of a healthy mouth with the resources, training, and tools you find here.

Children and caregivers don't always have access to quality dental care. As an educator, you can help fill that gap.

Share the information you find here to give your students the best opportunity for a healthy mouth.

Teaching Oral Health to Children and Caregivers

We have taken our best training tools and assembled two Training Tool Kits: one for use with children and one for caregivers. Download these materials and use them for teaching oral health and its importance to students and family. Both programs includes slides, speakers note, and educational exercises to support teaching and learning best oral care habits.

If you would like someone from the Minnesota Oral Health Project to do a presentation, contact Cris Gilb, Executive Director, at cris.gilb@crushcavities.com.

Children's Training Tool Kit

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The Children's Training Tool Kit is a set of training resources you can use to provide education to children ages 3-7. It includes a fun slide show with speakers notes you can use with your preschool - early elementary aged children. This is the same training program that we use when MNOHP consultants do training for groups of children. You can choose from a variety of worksheets and puzzles based on what would work best for the age group you are training.

Handouts and Exercises

  • Fluoride Shield Maze Worksheet
    This worksheet reinforces the importance of fluoride and extends the concept of the fluoride magic shield against cavities. It is appropriate for ages 4+. Allow 5 minutes for the exercise.
  • Coloring Page
    This coloring page show several items you can show to the children as they color, including the large beaver teeth, the toothbrush, and the dental floss. This exercise is appropriate for all ages.
  • Brushing and Flossing Dot-to-Dot
    This exercise reinforces the importance of brushing and flossing. It is appropriate for ages 4+.
  • Matching Game
    This exercises uses images from the presentation to remind children of the messages in the presentation. The matching game requires cutting. We recommend printing on cardstock paper if available. This game is appropriate for ages 3+ without cutting and 5+ with cutting. Allow 5 minutes if the pieces are precut and 10 minutes if the students will cut the pieces as part of your exercise.
  • What Makes Cavities Puzzle
    The puzzle requires cutting. We recommend printing on cardstock paper if available. This puzzle is appropriate for ages 3+ without cutting and 5+ with cutting. Allow 5 minutes if the puzzles are precut and 10 minutes is the students will cut the pieces as part of your exercise.
  • Origami Fortune Teller
    The fortune teller must be cut from the handout. The instructions for assembly are on the second page, although it will likely work better to demonstrate assembly than read the instructions. This exercise is appropriate for ages 6+. Allow 10 minutes.
  • Brushing and Flossing Chart
    This chart can be a take home activity for your students. It is an important tool for reinforcing the behavior changes in the training.

Caregiver Training Tool Kit

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The Caregiver Training Tool Kit is a set of training resources you can use to provide education to parents, guardians, and caregivers of young children. It includes an engaging slide show with speakers notes as well as exercises and discussion built into the program. This is the same training program that we use when MNOHP consultants do training for caregivers. We make it available to you as Train the Trainer tools. We include educational classroom exercises that support the information in the slide show.

Handouts and Exercises

  • Caregiver Checklist
    Use the Caregiver Checklist either during or after the presentation to facilitate the caregiver in thinking through any changes they may want to make based on information in the presentation.
  • What Makes Cavities Puzzle
    The puzzle requires cutting. We recommend printing on cardstock paper if available. This puzzle is appropriate for ages 3+ without cutting and 5+ with cutting. Allow 5 minutes if the puzzles are precut and 10 minutes if the students will cut the pieces as part of your exercise.
  • Origami Fortune Teller
    The fortune teller must be cut from the handout. The instructions for assembly are on the second page, although it will likely work better to demonstrate assembly than read the instructions. This exercise is appropriate for ages 6+. Allow 10 minutes.
  • Brushing and Flossing Chart
    This chart can be a take home activity for your students. It is an important tool for reinforcing the behavior changes in the training.