Activity Introduction

Quick summary:

Having grown with knowledge and practical tools over the course of this unit, students can now step into their roles as the newest Guardian of the Gums: the Iron Messengers. This caped crusader’s super-powered ability is communication – handy for the capstone lesson of the Guardians of the Gums unit.

Students will think creatively to apply their understanding of best practice oral hygiene and dental care in the creation of an advertising campaign informing the community about the need to look after their teeth and gums.

Royal Teeth the world over will be thankful for the protection!

Learning Intentions

Students will…

  • … understand ways to look after their teeth.
  • … take action on oral care and dental hygiene.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

  • Topic: Oral Health.
  • This lesson is part of the wider unit of work SugarByHalf – Guardians of the Gums – Early Learning to Year 2.
  • Time required: 45 mins.
  • Level of teacher scaffolding: High – read the story, facilitate class discussion. Students will require a high level of support with design and communication choices during independent work.
  • Keywords: teeth, brushing, toothpaste, oral health, dental hygiene, habits, creative, art, engaging, real world, social action.

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Resources Required

These lessons were developed in partnership with SugarByHalf and the Australian Dental Association. Guardians of the Gums was written by Bee Healthy Stories; if you would like to see more of their stories, head to


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • ... understand ways to look after their teeth
  • ... take action on oral care and dental hygiene.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... describe the roles of the different Guardians of the Gums
  • ... describe at least three different tips the Guardians of the Gums give for looking after your teeth
  • ... describe a variety of different ways to care for their teeth
  • ... think creatively to apply their knowledge of oral care and dental hygiene in an informative advertising campaign raising awareness amongst the community

Teacher content information:

The Australian Dental Association ( have partnered with SugarByHalf ( to promote action on sugar related diseases so that Australians live better, stronger and healthier lives.

Tooth decay is a largely preventable disease. Untreated tooth decay can lead to lost hours of work for parents and missed school for children. It can cause pain, i

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