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CATCH Healthy Smiles Kindergarten

CATCH Healthy Smiles is an oral health promotion program that will help your students gain knowledge and skills to build strong oral hygiene habits and prevent tooth decay. 

Following are program materials including: training, teacher resources, parent resources, curriculum lessons, extension activities, PE supplemental activities, and signage.

Distribute this handout and the parent notification letter to parents to inform them about CATCH Healthy Smiles.

You may use these slides to present the program to your community (SHAC, schools, etc.)

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at healthysmiles@catch.org

Check out these sample program resources and materials!

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Program Overview

Information about classroom sessions, curriculum goals and rationale, scope & sequence, standards, and acknowledgements.

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Training

Training slides for educators implementing CATCH Healthy Smiles and directions for the implementation of a toothbrushing routine at school.

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Unit Plan

Essential vocabulary, objectives, and mastery checklist.

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Lesson 1: Tooth Structure and Function

Students will explain tooth functions and state that they need to keep their teeth clean by brushing at least twice a day for 2 minutes and flossing once daily.

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Lesson 2: Keeping Our Teeth Clean

Students will understand how long to brush their teeth, describe the benefits of brushing, describe dental plaque and its role in tooth decay, and explain that they need to brush teeth at least twice daily for 2 minutes and floss once daily.

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Lesson 3: The Dentist

Students will describe the role of the dentist in oral hygiene and the events that take place during a dental check-up.

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Lesson 4: Brushing

Students will describe why it is important to brush teeth, explain when and how often to brush teeth, demonstrate how to correctly brush teeth, and describe the consequences of not caring for teeth.

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Lesson 5: Flossing

Students will describe why they need to floss their teeth, explain how often and when to floss teeth, describe how to floss teeth, and describe the consequences of not flossing.

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Lesson 6: Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Students will identify sugary drinks, describe the effect of sugary drinks on oral health, and name healthy and harmful drinks for their teeth.

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Lesson 7: Candy, Sticky Foods, and Processed Snacks

Students will identify foods that stick to teeth, describe the consequences of eating candy, sticky foods, and processed snacks, and name tooth-friendly and harmful foods and drinks.

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Lesson 8: Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables

Students will describe how crunchy fruits and vegetables affect tooth health and name foods that are healthy and harmful to teeth.

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PE Supplemental Activities

Nine PE activities (3 Tag Games, 3 Cooperative Challenges, and 3 Fitness & Relay Activities) designed to reinforce the knowledge, skills, and healthy dental habits students are learning and practicing in the classroom.

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Teacher 411: Additional Resources

Additional resources for educators who will be implementing CATCH Healthy Smiles. Includes FAQ, videos, policy toolkits, infographics, and a social media site.

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Parent Resources

Resources for parents, including a parent handout, letter (to be sent home at the beginning of the program), videos, fact sheets, and more.

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Signage

Posters to be printed for display in the bathroom, cafeteria, halls, and classroom.

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