Oral Health Lesson Plan

Children’s Oral Health
Taylor Slaughter, Davonte’ Taylor, Stormy Baker, Evan Wilson
Learning Objectives
1. The targeted audience will understand and define the concept of children’s oral health.
2. The targeted audience will be able to describe the importance of children’s oral health.
3. The targeted audience will understand effects of bad dental health in children.
4. The targeted audience will learn how often children should go the dentist.
5. The targeted audience will understand the functions of the teeth and tongue.
6. The targeted audience will be able to communicate with dentists in order to make
appropriate decisions based on the information they learned.
Lesson Objectives
This lesson will allow the targeted audience to:
Explore learning styles, both visual and auditory.
Comprehend the importance of children’s oral health.
Comprehend the information after the audience is exposed to lesson material.
Communicate prior and post knowledge of oral health in a safe learning
Children’s oral health includes every aspect of our children’s lives but is often taken for granted.
Their mouth is a window into the health of their body. It can show signs of nutritional
deficiencies or general infection. Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions of
children in the United States. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead
to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. These are all vital aspects in a child’s
life. Healthy mouth and teeth are an important part of a child’s wellness. Children’s oral health
is more than just brushing your teeth. Including a dental professional to your support system can
provide ongoing peace of mind for your entire family. Children who have poor oral health tend
to ​miss more school days and earn lower grades than children who have good oral health.​ These
are just some of the many reasons why Children’s oral health is so important to the success of
our students. Tooth decay and gum disease are the most prevalent dental diseases among
children but are also two of the most easily prevented diseases. Both can lead to loss of teeth. 1
of 5 children ages 5 to 11 has at least one untreated decayed tooth. Ways to prevent these oral
diseases include brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, using
mouthwash, brushing your tongue and importantly, visiting the dentist every six months
The intended audience for this lesson is parents with children, but is targeted to fit the needs of a
university classroom. Audience members should be old enough and coherent enough to
understand the concepts and importance of good oral health in children.
Materials for this lesson will be kept at minimal. All that is needed is computer and projector for
presentation. Internet access, while assumed, is needed to show informational videos throughout
the presentation and to complete the kahoot on knowledge of presentation information.
A survey comprised of 8-10 questions will be used to test the knowledge of the audience. This
survey will be presented twice, once prior to lecture and once again following the completion of
the lecture. The purpose is to check what they know before the presentation and after they went
through the presentation. This practice will also allow the audience to be more aware of the
importance of children’s oral health. Questions to the kahoot will attached to lesson plan. Clips
from informational videos will also be shown throughout the presentation. This will reach
multiple learning styles, both visual and auditory, in hopes that the information will be retained.
When preparing this lesson plan, it is imperative that all involved in executing this presentation
read and thoroughly understand the information in the lesson. The lesson will begin with a
general knowledge question, “What is Children’s Oral Health?” With a few opinions from the
audience, it will lead into the next step in the lesson. The audience will then be asked to go to
kahoot and participate in the pre-lesson quiz. The quiz will ask typical questions that will all be
answered throughout the presentation. The audience will answer those questions solely off of
prior knowledge of children’s oral health. This will allow the audience to “get their feet wet”
with the information. Once the kahoot pre-quiz is complete, download and open the “Children’s
Oral Health” presentation. Begin the presentation with all presenters. Ensure that all audience
members have a clear understanding of what is being discussed throughout the powerpoint.
Throughout the presentation, ask questions to the audience to ensure understanding of what is
being presented. Upon completion of the presentation, it is important to ask “Are there any
questions?” Once all questions are answered, begin to let the audience know that we are going to
be doing a post quiz to test what they learned through the presentation. Go to Kahoot and
Complete the post quiz. Go through each question and explain each answer to those who got it
wrong and explain why they got it wrong. After the post quiz is done and you have your top
three winners, Give out oral health prizes for those top three. Ask if anyone has any questions
and answer them to the best of your ability. Close the Kahoot and presentation and begin to
thank the audience for taking the time out listening to the presentation and actively participating
in the presentation. Stay around after presentation to answer any questions that anyone might
have had and did not want to express openly among fellow audience members.
American Academy of Pediatrics. (2014, December 01). Maintaining and Improving the Oral Health of
Young Children. Retrieved October 29, 2018, from
Centers for Disease Control. (2014, November 10). Children's Oral Health. Retrieved from
Health, S. O. (2014, December 01). Maintaining and Improving the Oral Health of Young Children.
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