40 Where There Is No Dentist 2012
1. Ask the students to bring different kinds of food to class. Bring
Eat the food using first the front and
then the back teeth.
Bite a guava using only the back teeth.
Chew completely a mango or piece of
maize, using only the front teeth.
2. Collect teeth from different animals. Let the students discover from
the shape of an animal’s teeth the kind of food it usually eats. For
instance, a wild cat needs sharp pointed teeth to tear meat, but a goat
needs flat teeth to chew grass.
Make a poster to show the animal, its teeth, and the kind of food it
likes to eat.
3. Have each student take a partner. Let each look at the shape of the
front and back teeth in the other’s mouth.
Talk about the many different kinds of food we need to stay healthy.
Discuss which teeth we use to chew meat, fish, mango, and other
good foods in your area. (For most foods, the answer is both front and