Healthy Teeth for Stunning Smiles



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California WIC Local Agency Developed Lesson Plan –May 2004 Healthy Teeth for Stunning Smiles



Healthy Teeth for Stunning Smiles


Who






Parents or caretakers of infants between the ages of 5 to 8 months old



Why





The WIC staff often sees or become aware of inappropriate bottle use, such as juice in the bottle, placing the infant at risk for early childhood caries. Parents want to have healthy babies, with beautiful smiles. We see the opportunity to provide information on ways to prevent early childhood caries.




Time





20 minutes



Setup





Classroom with chairs in circle, 2 easels, on board, flip chart and television and boombox.



Objectives





By the end of this session, participants will have:


  • compared information about the causes of early childhood caries to their own experience




  • chosen ways to prevent early childhood caries





Lesson Overview







  1. Warm-Up Activity



  1. What Causes Early Childhood Caries


  1. Preventing Early Childhood Caries


  1. Conclusion




Materials








  • Pictures of baby smiling




  • Brown laminated teeth with the causes of early childhood caries







  • White laminated teeth with the Prevention of early childhood caries




  • Small size white laminated teeth with magnet




  • Sippy cup



Activities


1.
Warm-Up Activity






(Put picture of smiling baby on the wall). With 2 other partners, demonstrate and talk about what makes your baby smile and laugh. We’ll hear some examples.

Today, we are going to see how to protect these beautiful smiles by preventing early childhood caries.



Present poster of objectives (what for).

By the end of this class…




Causes Of Early Childhood Caries

  • Bottle with juice or chocolate milk.


  • Sleeping through the night with a bottle.

  • Sipping a bottle all day.

  • Adding sugar or honey to the formula or water in the bottle.

What Problems Do Tooth Decay Cause?


  • Long hours of crying

  • Painful toothaches

  • Infections in the mouth

  • Stained teeth

  • Speech and eating problem

  • Low self esteem
2.
What Causes Early Childhood Caries?




Listen and follow along this description of what can cause early childhood caries and what problems early childhood caries will cause. (With the laminated brown teeth, show to participants the causes of early childhood caries).



Present the following chart:




Activities (continued)

2.
What Causes Early Childhood Caries?
(continued)





In this description of the cause and problems of early childhood caries, what surprised you and what did not surprise you? Wait for three answers.

With a partner next to you, share any experience you have with a baby or child having caries. How was it for you or for the family with a child with early childhood caries? We’ll hear what you’d like to share with the group.






Prevention of early childhood caries


  • Never put baby to bed with a bottle.

  • Introduce cup at 6 months. Begin with breast milk or formula.

  • Offer juice diluted with water in cup

  • Clean gums with cotton cloth or Brush first teeth gently without tooth paste

  • Ask your doctor about fluoride supplements.

  • Fluoride helps build strong teeth

  • Examine children’s teeth once a month using “lift the lip” procedure. Healthy teeth should all be one color.

  • Breastfeed as long as you can.
3.
Preventing Early Childhood Caries



You can prevent early childhood caries and here’s how you can do it: (With the laminated white teeth, show to participants the causes of early childhood caries).

What are your questions?




Activities (continued)

3.
Preventing Early Childhood Caries
(continued)



Chat with your partner about which of these preventative measures you can try right away for your baby. After you’ve made your decision, place the teeth next to each one you’ve chosen! We’ll see what everyone is thinking about trying. Have a basket filled with small size teeth that participants can put next to the first step they will take.



4.
Conclusion



To help you with your first step to healthy teeth, WIC wants to give you this cup. Invite participants to get a sip cup at the end of the group session. How many of you are already using these? What are your questions about them?








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