Delta Dental of Oklahoma is giving away free kits to help students learn how big of impact the foods and drinks they consume has on their oral hygiene.
Cavities are expensive, so knowing how to prevent them is important. Terrisa Singleton, the director of Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation, said your oral health impacts your entire body's wellbeing.
"Very often, a dentist can see that there is a problem someplace else in your body just from seeing your exam in your mouth. Also, the bacteria that builds up in your mouth is going to impact other areas of your body," Singleton said.=
The Delta Dental of Oklahoma is giving Oklahoma 3rd through 6th grade teachers.
MouthScience is a science program that showcases why good oral hygiene and healthy food and drink choices are important to overall health.
Created by the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation, the MouthScience Kit helps students use basic science and math skills, aligned with Oklahoma Academic Standards, to see and understand the correlation of sugar and acid to tooth decay.
Each MouthScience kit includes pH strips, lab sheets, a gift card to purchase a variety of drinks, paper towels, small cups with lids and step-by-step directions and illustrations for teachers. In addition, the kit includes toothbrushes for teachers to distribute to the students to further empower them to maintain and improve their oral health.
Delta Dental said the MouthScience experiment takes about 45 minutes.
Dentists said a lot of kids don't realize how what they consume impacts their susceptibility to cavities.
These kits are free for teachers. Each kit comes with enough supplies for 30 students, and teachers can have as many kits as they need.
So, if you are a teacher or know a teacher who could use these kits, click here to apply for them.
|After doing these experiments, Delta Dental hopes the kids will make changes in their diets to prevent cavities.|
Singleton said adults sometimes need a refresher, too.
The organization said the major key to taking care of your teeth is drinking more water and they want children to learn that hands on.