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Kindergarten. Oral Health and The Lemony Lion. Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Oral Health Program. Why do we need our teeth?. Eating: To chew our food. That’s an easy one! Can you imagine trying to eat an apple, carrot or a hamburger without teeth?

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Kindergarten

Kindergarten

Oral Healthand The Lemony Lion

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Oral Health Program


Why do we need our teeth
Why do we need our teeth?

Eating:

To chew our food. That’s an easy one! Can you imagine trying to eat an apple, carrot or a hamburger without teeth?

It would be pretty hard, wouldn’t it?


Why do we need our teeth1
Why do we need our teeth?

Talking

If we didn’t have teeth, we wouldn’t have any place to put our lips and tongue when we try to make words.

Some of you may be missing your two front teeth now and you know how hard it is to make an “s” or “th” sound!


Why do we need our teeth2
Why do we need our teeth?

Smiling

Smiling makes us look good and feel good!


Why are your baby teeth important
Why are your baby teeth important?

They are SPACE SAVERS; like saving your friend a seat at the movies!

In the picture, the gray teeth are baby teeth, and the white teeth are permanent teeth.

Moss, Growing Up Cavity Free: A Parent's Guide To Prevention,

Quintessence Publishing Co., 1993



Lemony lion king of the jungle

Lemony LionKing of the Jungle


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Away in the jungle, far off in the East, lives the Lemony Lion, the king of the beasts.

The king of the beasts?

Why that’s really not true.

He’s just a sad, old lion,and a grumpy one too!


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Once long, long ago, many years or more, this lord of the jungle would growl and he’d roar.

He’d frighten the beasts, and the birds on the trees, but really he did it, only to tease.


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A happier lion you could never find, with a smile on his face and fun on his mind.

He was big, he was rough, and his laugh was a roar that could be heard through the jungle, for ten miles or more.

He was king of the jungle and a happy, proud fellow.


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Why doesn’t he smile? face and fun on his mind.

Why is his temper so bad?

Why is it that he isn’t king any more?

Why is it that he doesn’t laugh with a roar?

Then why is it now that the king is so sad?


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I’ll tell you the reason, now please don’t forget, the Lemony Lion could still be king yet.

He could rollick and frolic, he could tease, he could smile.

He could laugh with a roar that could be heard for a mile.

He could frighten thebirds in the trees andthe beasts down beneath…


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But the Lemony Lion has lost all his teeth!!! Lemony Lion could still be king yet.

Lost all his teeth???

What a sad fate for a king.

Not to be able to smile or to sing.

Not to be able to laugh or to roar, and not to be king or to rule anymore.


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For who’d be afraid of a toothless old beast, who’d have to eat oatmeal when he wanted a feast?

And who would bow down if a king couldn’t bite, and only dared roar in the dark of the night?

Why, no one you see. So the Lemony Lion lives unhappily.

The loss of his teeth, though it seems not quite fair, if he’d been a wise lion, they would still be there.


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The Lemony Lion simply loved to eat candy. to eat oatmeal when he wanted a feast?

He didn’t like his carrots but thought pie was just dandy.

He’d fill up on cake and drink lotsof pop too!

And when it came to mealtime,he’d be too full to chew.

He’d play with his plate, just pretending to eat, and leave all of his salad and spinachand meat.



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So day after day, and night after night, his teeth just got yellowier instead of snow white.

Then into his mouth sneaked Mr. Decay, who’d softened his teeth, until they just melted away.

Now the pain of a hole inyour tooth can be sad.And the loss of theirteeth would make anyonecrabby and mad.


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So to save all this pain, and to keep your smile bright, remember the Lemony Lion… and brush every night!


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Don’t drink lots of pop, or eat candy and cake. Visit your dentist before you get an ache.

Brush after each meal and before sleeping at night. If a tooth is to stay healthy, it must be kept white.

Don’t lose your brightsmile and be sorry andsad. Just brush and eathealthy to keep yourteeth and be glad!


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What happened to the lion’s teeth? dentist before you get an ache.

Why did his teeth fall out?


What could he have done to keep his teeth from falling out
What could he have done to keep his teeth from falling out? dentist before you get an ache.

  • Brush his teeth to remove plaque.

    What is plaque?

    • It is a sticky film of bacteria that is always growing on your teeth.

    • It is filled with millions and millions of decay bugs.

    • Decay bugs cause cavities in your teeth.


When should you brush your teeth
When should you brush your teeth? dentist before you get an ache.

  • After eating

  • At bedtime

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Oral Health Program


What else could lion have done to keep his teeth
What else could Lion have done to keep his teeth? dentist before you get an ache.

  • Eat better foods.

    Plaque + Sugary Foods = Decay

+

=

Mestman, Herman, What To Do For Healthy Teeth


Healthy snacks
Healthy Snacks dentist before you get an ache.


Unhealthy snacks
Unhealthy Snacks dentist before you get an ache.


Can you remember why we need our teeth
Can you remember why we need our teeth? dentist before you get an ache.

  • Talking

  • Chewing

  • Smiling

  • Space Savers


What can we do to have healthy teeth
What can we do to have healthy teeth? dentist before you get an ache.

  • Brush

  • Eat good foods


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Thank you for listening dentist before you get an ache. and keep brushing!

Photos: Microsoft product box shots reprinted with permission from Microsoft Corporation.

All photos obtained from office.microsoft.com/clipart unless otherwise noted.

This presentation has been adapted and used with permission from theDental Health Program developed by the Clay County Public Health Center.