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Healthy Teeth

What is your morning routine like? Maybe you get up, have some breakfast, get dressed and … brush your teeth! But how often should you brush your teeth? What is your toothbrush like? It is really important that we brush our teeth every day to make sure that we keep them in a healthy condition. This text will tell you more about brushing your teeth and steps you can take to make sure you are giving your teeth a good clean every day.

Human Dentition – Explained for Elementary School Students

Teeth are an exciting topic. Did you know, for example, that teeth are also referred to as chewing tools? Your chewing tools don't all look the same either – they have different functions.

The permanent teeth of an adult human (primary dentition) consist of 32 teeth. Children (milk dentition) have 20 teeth: ten teeth on the upper jaw and ten teeth on the lower jaw. Depending on their shape and position in the mouth, the tasks of the teeth differ. In the following table, you will find an overview for a child's dentition.

Tasks and Structure of Teeth – Explained for Elementary School Students

Teeth Number Tasks
Incisors 8 These teeth are flat, have sharp edges, and are used for biting food.
Canines 4 These sharp teeth can grip and tear food well.
Molars 8 These rear molars are called grinding teeth. They grind up the food.

How to Brush Your Teeth

How many times should you brush your teeth a day? At least twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. Imagine it is the evening and you are getting ready for bed. It is time to brush your teeth! You might be feeling tired and think, “Is it really important to brush your teeth?” Yes, it is! Let’s take a step by step look at how to brush your teeth properly.

Here are five steps to brush your teeth.

  • First of all, apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to your toothbrush.
  • Then start brushing the tops of your teeth.
  • Next, brush the fronts of your teeth.
  • Finally, brush the backs of your teeth.
  • Then, rinse with water.

You can use the acronym TFB to help you remember where to brush.

Letter Part of tooth
T Top
F Front
B Back

But how long are you supposed to brush your teeth? Three minutes is a good amount of time to brush your teeth. Now that you know how to properly brush your teeth, let’s think about other things that keep our teeth healthy.

Visiting The Dentist

It is important to have regular checkups at the dentist. They can check if all of our teeth are healthy and save us from tooth decay. What happens if you don’t brush your teeth? If you don’t look after your teeth properly, you can end up with cavities. A cavity is a small hole in the tooth. If you eat a lot of sugary foods and don’t brush your teeth, bacteria will feed on the sugar, causing cavities. But don’t worry, as long as you brush your teeth properly and visit the dentist regularly, your teeth should stay nice and healthy.

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Healthy Teeth – Summary

When should you brush your teeth? Twice every day! Follow these steps to properly brush your teeth at least twice a day.

  • First, apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to your toothbrush.
  • Then, begin brushing the tops of your teeth.
  • Next, brush the fronts of your teeth.
  • After, brush the backs of your teeth.
  • Finally, rinse with water.

And how long do you brush your teeth for? Three minutes. You could use a three-minute timer to keep track. Do you want some extra practice? To test your knowledge, take a look at our exercises and worksheets. Happy brushing!

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Transcript Healthy Teeth

It's night time and Kai wants to brush his teeth. Let's find out how Kai gets "Healthy Teeth!"

To brush his teeth, Kai needs a toothbrush and toothpaste. During the day, Kai uses a cup to hold his toothbrush and toothpaste. It is important that the brush points upwards so it can dry after brushing. Kai can also fill his toothbrush cup with water. He needs that after brushing his teeth to rinse. Very practical! Before brushing his teeth, Kai applies a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to the toothbrush. That's just enough and makes the right amount of foam in the mouth. Just before Kai starts brushing, he turns over his hourglass. It runs for three minutes. Now, WHERE exactly is Kai supposed to start brushing? Luckily, he has a great reminder - and it's on his cup! The reminds him: brush the TOPS of his teeth first, then the FRONT of his teeth next, and finally the BACK of his teeth last. So Kai starts with the top surfaces. There he can move the toothbrush back and forth evenly. This is quite easy and makes the teeth nice and clean. After a minute, Kai changes and continues cleaning on the front. There he makes beautiful, circular movements. This is his favorite movement! After another minute, Kai switches to the back. There he cleans with a zigzag motion. Cleaning the back is not so easy. But Kai knows that it's important to be thorough when brushing your teeth. After three minutes, Kai has finished brushing and can rinse his mouth with the water from his cup. "This will makes Kai's teeth sparkling clean." You can feel whether your teeth are well brushed too! Rub your tongue along their surfaces, your teeth will feel very smooth.

Kai brushes his teeth twice a day: once in the morning and once at night. Sometimes Kai even brushes his teeth THREE times, once after lunch. Since Kai always takes good care of his teeth, he regularly visits his dentist together with his parents. She can check if all his teeth are healthy and save him from tooth decay! Bacteria feeds on sugar and can cause holes on the teeth. Sweet drinks like soda or treats like candy are delicious, but not healthy for teeth. But don't worry: as long as you brush your teeth well and visit the dentist regularly, tooth decay doesn't stand a chance! Let's remember what we learned today: You should brush your teeth two or three times a day. Brush all sides of your teeth: the top, front and back of each tooth. You can remember with the letters ! Using a three-minute timer helps ensure you brush as thoroughly as possible! You just need a tiny bit of toothpaste, a pea-sized blob should be plenty! Do not forget to rinse your mouth after brushing! Dentists will answer your questions, care for and fix problems with your teeth. That's it for today. Happy smiles! Buh-bye!

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6 comments
  1. I brush my teeth

    From Parker, 9 months ago
  2. YES

    From Averie, 10 months ago
  3. rember to brush your teeth

    From Eden, 10 months ago
  4. great

    From Averie, 10 months ago
  5. AMAZING TEETH

    From Averie, 10 months ago
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Healthy Teeth exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video Healthy Teeth.
  • What do you need to brush your teeth?

    Hints

    We need to rinse the toothpaste from our mouths after brushing our teeth.

    Do we need a bathtub to clean our teeth?

    Solution

    To brush our teeth we need:
    *a toothbrush
    *toothpaste
    *water

  • What is the process for brushing your teeth?

    Hints

    How can the letters on the cup help you to remember the order of brushing?

    We need toothpaste to brush our teeth and water to rinse our mouths.

    Solution

    We brush our teeth for 3 minutes with toothpaste and rinse with water.

  • What will help keep your teeth healthy?

    Hints

    Remember to brush your teeth for 3 minutes to keep them healthy.

    Remember to brush the TFB of your teeth to keep them healthy.

    Solution

    The correct answers are seen in the image above. There are many things you can do to make sure your teeth stay healthy!

  • Do the habits give you healthy or unhealthy teeth?

    Hints

    Visiting the dentist is a healthy habit.

    Eating foods with a lot of sugar is an unhealthy habit.

    Solution

    Our healthy or unhealthy habits have an effect on our teeth.

  • How can you keep your teeth healthy?

    Hints

    You should brush your teeth after you eat breakfast and after you eat dinner.

    Toothpaste is an important part of brushing your teeth.

    Solution

    You can keep your teeth healthy by following the steps of brushing and visiting the dentist regularly.

  • Which habits will help keep your teeth healthy?

    Hints

    Brushing your teeth every day is important.

    The dentist is like a doctor for your teeth.

    Solution

    The correct answers are seen in the image above. Healthy habits will keep your teeth healthy!