By Elise Hamblin
Did you hear them sing this song? “Brush, brush, brush your teeth. Brush two times a day. Healthy eating, flossing, cleaning–fighting tooth decay.” Wide smiles lit up the students’ faces as they finished their song about keeping their teeth clean. In addition to this tune, Heyburn Elementary’s kindergarteners learned several useful ways to maintain healthy teeth and enjoyed a field trip to a local dentist office.
On the first week of February, eager students swished around dental hygiene facts and the importance of eating healthy foods. Kindergarteners used x-ray vision and classified healthy and unhealthy foods into categories. Many students remained quite certain candy belonged in the “healthy” column. Teachers had to rinse that idea out of their heads. Informative books were written, and descriptive pictures supporting the theme plastered the whitened schoolroom walls. Math lessons even implanted the concepts by using subtraction to “wipe out the cavities.”
Later in the week, students boarded the yellow school bus to visit Dr. Ewert’s dentist office. First, there was a brush with science when they learned about the jaw bone and placement of the teeth. Next, students embraced a tour of every room and how each tool was utilized. Finally, the kindergarteners left the friendly, laid back presentation with a “goodie” bag and an opportunity to enter a coloring contest and win a prize.
As students returned to school and filed off the bus, there was a sparkle in their smile and a melody about healthy teeth on their lips. Fun music, engaging activities, and a golden field trip crowned dental health week a shining success. Why don’t you ask them…or just listen for their happy song!