Experimenting with liquid reactions can help children understand how drinks affect their dental hygiene, says Natalie Sew…
Poor oral health can affect a pupil’s ability to sleep, eat, play and socialise with other children.
A child in England has a tooth removed in hospital every 10 minutes due to preventable tooth decay.
When children have toothache or need treatment, this can lead to absence from school, with pupils missing on average three days due to dental issues. Oral hygiene is therefore a key to a child’s overall ability to learn, thrive and develop.
In this lesson, pupils can set up a simple science experiment to observe how sugar can affect their teeth.
What they’ll learn
The fun of science through a hands-on experiment
Observation – how sugar and enamel react
What too much sugar can do to teeth and how to look after them
Understand that eating or drinking too much sugar causes tooth decay
How to keep teeth healthy by making better choices
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