Drinks Destroy Teeth is an educational outreach program of the Indiana Dental Association to inform the public about the potentially harmful oral health effects of drinking acidic and sugary drinks. Drinks Destroy Teeth components consist of a hands on curriculum (including 2 lesson plans), a complementary mobile app, and supplemental resources.
The oral health of children is essential to good overall health. Speaking, eating and living without pain are dentists’ goals for their patients. The prevention of decay and gum disease begins with a working knowledge of how plaque contributes to decay and gum disease. Teaching good preventive habits such as frequent brushing and flossing, as well as making sound choices of foods and drinks, results in a lifetime gift of good oral health.
The Indiana Dental Association is pleased to offer two science-based, ready-to-use lesson plans for your fourth- or fifth-grade classroom.
The first lesson demonstrates how an eggshell dissolves in sports and soft drinks, but hardens in milk. As students explore the properties and strengths of acid, they will then be able to relate the acids to more cavities in teeth.
The second lesson measures the acid’s strength with pH strips and demonstrates the amount of sugar contained in popular drinks. When a drink has low pH and is combined with sugar, students will conclude the drink’s harmful effects on teeth.