Classroom/Teaching Resources

How do I teach dental health?

imageClass instruction covering dental care can be easy and fun. Groups serving children can benefit from offering oral health  education activities. Examples include: Boys and Girls Clubs,  Head Start, public libraries, faith-based youth groups,  YMCA/YWCA and public or private schools. Incorporate  puzzles, games, fact sheets, brushing charts, understanding  good labels, experiments in classroom and program activity  planning. 


Acrobat PDF FileActivity Sheets for Children in English  Acrobat PDF FileActivity Sheets for Children in Spanish


Oral health curriculum designed by the American Dental Association offering flexible, modular lesson plans, support materials, hands-on classroom demonstrations, student activity sheets, and suggestions for further oral health activities.

Teaching About the Dangers of Tobacco Products

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids  More

The New York State Department of Health Tobacco Control Program (NYTCP) More

Not On Tobacco (N-O-T), the American Lung Association's program for teens who want to quit smoking More

Web Resources

Oral Health The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry has launched an engaging new web site that combines facts and fun to teach consumers about oral health issues specific to the 50+ age group. The site was created with the support of Colgate-Palmolive and includes easy-to-use interactive tools, such as a calculator to measure daily calcium intake and an entertaining nutritional boxing bout between favorite foods. Learn about the power of a healthy smile and the importance of good oral health. This interactive exhibit, also developed by the Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry, provides youth with an educational, informative and fun way to experience the world of dentistry – old and new.

www.nidcr.nih.gove/oralhealth/: Oral health topics provided by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

The Your Spitting Image website and guide can be used for classroom exploration of Forensics, Saliva and Bioengineering. The website and teacher guide was created to provide easy to understand, illustrated, age-appropriate lessons for middle and high school students.   Your Spitting Image Teachers Guide

Nutrition USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.  Personalize eating plans and interactive tools to help plan and assess food choices.  My Plate mini poster.  Order free additional materials online.

My Pyramid for Kids Classroom Materials: Educational materials developed at the elementary school level to help children learn the MyPyramid food guidance system.

Milk Matters coloring book.  Designed for children ages 4 to 8 to help teach them about the importance of calcium for building strong teeth and a healthy body.

School Lunches link: Use school lunches as a chance to steer your kids toward good choices. By

empowerME@school: The empowerME Movement created empowerME@school for middle and high school students who want to make healthy changes to their school's snack and drink choices.

Curricula and other teaching tools for classroom use to teach fruit and vegetable nutrition: Provided by the Produce for Better Health Foundation.
Eat Right at School    Acrobat PDF File25 Healthy Snacks for Kids

Childrens' Overall Health The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leader in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its devastating consequences in the United States and around the world. The award-winning KidsHealth comes from Nemours, one of the largest nonprofit organizations devoted to children's health. Alliance For a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation, the Alliance works to positively affect the places that can make a difference in a child’s health: homes, schools, doctor’s offices, and communities.