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Dental Hygiene - 27th February 2023

The purpose of this experience was to follow a parents input and then to put it out to the children to see if they were willing to learn about the hygiene and cleaning of teeth. Putting out to the children was very positive. We started last week by putting out a display consisting of three models of teeth and some brushes. We noticed the children engaging with the display with enthusiasm. So on Friday after lunch we talked and read a book to the children about how to brush our teeth and then to swish and swallow. As the children took to the talk and the book I decided to ask Stacey was it ok to buy some individual children's tooth brushes and the answer was yes. So I took to the task and brought some. I have taken into account that we need to be hygienic so I taped the children's name to the brushes and then into a zip lock bag is where the children will keep their own brushes. I will also make sure the brushes are cleaned and dried before going back to the bags for the next use. Now onto the fun bit. After lunch the children cleaned their faces and sat themselves down ready to brush their teeth. The children were handed their brushes and a cup of water. Kylie and I explained the next step and the children couldn't wait as you can see in the pictures of the children dipping their brush then moving the brush up and down and all around. Kylie and I helped the children along by singing a song brush, brush, brush your teeth brush them nice and clean from side to side we scrub and scrub to make them nice and clean. It was great to see the children having so much fun together as they cleaned their teeth. Children's teeth development Children's baby teeth can arrive in any order, although the lower incisors are often first, followed by the upper incisors. The first molars are usually next, followed by the canines and second molars. All 20 baby teeth usually arrive by the time children are 3 years old. Just keeping teeth clean isn't a guarantee against tooth decay – diet is also important. Avoid giving your child sugary foods and sugary drinks like fruit juice, soft drink and flavoured milk. Don't put your child to bed with a bottle of milk. And don't dip dummies into food, sugar or liquids like honey. Choosing a toothbrush: It's important to choose a toothbrush designed especially for children aged 2-5 years. These toothbrushes have small oval heads, soft bristles and non-slip, cushioned handles. They also often have cartoons and fun designs on the handle, which your child might like.

Link to Pedagogical Documentation

EYLF Outcomes

Outcomes: 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing Elements: 3.3 Children are aware of and develop strategies to support their own mental and physical health and personal safety. Children show an increasing awareness of healthy lifestyles and good nutrition.

Theorists

Piaget's theories. He believes that children need to be able to see, touch, taste, smell, move and hear the things they are learning about.

Interpretation

Critical Reflection: Today's experience went really well, the children engaged in the experience full of enthusiasm and willingness to listen and learn to the instructions that were given. I was able to implement intentional teaching by talking to them about the reasons why we need to brush our teeth and keep them healthy also i was able to demonstrate how to brush their teeth and encorage them while brushing their teeth by singing a song. Follow up: To continue with our teeth hygiene experience.






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