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!
- understand ways to look after their teeth
- take action on oral care and dental hygiene
- 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
Lesson guides and printables
Australian curriculum content descriptions:
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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.
- Art Supplies – Coloured pencils and textas
- Dental Care Facts Sheet
- Device capable of creating digital media, such as an iPad or Laptop (optional) – one per student
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Guardians Example Poster
- Guardians characters images
- Guardians of the Gums story – You can read the pdf yourself or watch the video.
- White Paper – A3 size
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 beehealthystories.com.au.
SugarByHalf (https://www.sugarbyhalf.com/) promotes action to reduce sugar-related diseases so that we can live better, stronger and healthier lives.
Their message is simple: to reduce added sugar consumption by half. Eating too much added sugar is a key driver of serious health problems including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay, dementia and mental health conditions. A poor diet also puts children behind their peers, affecting brain development, sleep and ability to learn. Poor diet choices ultimately mean that this generation of children could be the first in modern history to live shorter lives than their parents.
Much of the added sugar in our diet comes from the processed foods and drinks we consume. On average, we consume 14-16 teaspoons of added sugar per day. Teenagers consume more than 20 teaspoons per day. The World Health Organisation says we should limit our daily added sugar intake to 6 teaspoons for good health. To put that in perspective, there are 4 grams of sugar in one teaspoon. If something has 20 grams of sugar, that's 5 teaspoons of sugar.
This English lesson focuses on developing the skills and knowledge students need to critically consider messages about food and drink they are exposed to, thereby equipping them to be able to make healthy choices.
Talking about Health:
- Be mindful of students who may experience weight stigma. Some students may be sensitive to conversations around weight, body size or shape. Terms including obesity, weight issues, weight-problem and fat can be stigmatising for some people because they assign blame. It is important to note individual preferences around language vary. Research has shown using the terms ‘weight’, ‘weight gain’, ‘healthy weight’, ‘unhealthy weight’, and ‘high BMI’ are preferred as better alternatives.
- Be mindful about how you use the word ‘diet’. We recommend focussing students on the positive impacts of healthy nutrition and healthy lifestyles which help us to have stronger bodies and minds, feel good and sleep well.
- Steer students away from any focus on appearances by communicating that appearance does not determine your worth. We recommend the fact sheets from the Butterfly Foundation on body image tips at
- Avoid using labels such as obese or diabetic. Refer to people living with diabetes, people living with cancer, people with high BMI etc.