Dental health is extremely important; over 23% of children in England have tooth decay and it is the main reason for children aged 5 to 9 being admitted to hospital. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria within the plaque.

The good news is that tooth decay can be prevented by limiting the number of times we eat foods and drinks with added sugar, brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and regularly seeing the dentist to check the health of our teeth and gums.

This lesson plan will support you to introduce the concept of tooth decay to students and the importance of avoiding sugary foods.

Learning Outcomes:

  • All students will:
  • Understand what dental plaque is and how it forms
  • Understand the consequences of tooth decay
  • Understand that limiting sugary foods and drinks can reduce tooth decay
  • Understand the importance of eating healthier snacks

Activities Include:

  • Main Activity:
  • Eggshell Experiment
  • Extension Activities:
  • Tooth Brushing Cards
  • Healthy Food Swaps

Curriculum Links:

    • Health and prevention
  • Science:
    • Working scientifically
    • Living things and their habitats
  • English:
    • Reading and comprehension
    • Writing