Tooth Decay

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Children's Literature - Tina Dybvik
Royston's instructive reader is 32 pages of useful advice about teeth. It is written in a helpful second-person voice with colorful text blocks that expand on the facts presented in the main text. A table of contents poses eleven short questions about maintaining oral health through routine care. The chapters open with a biological description of teeth, and then continue with remarks about disease and nutrition. Throughout the book, color photos of diverse people support and demonstrate the book's concepts. Some pictures of advanced decay are not for the squeamish, but they definitely prove the author's point. Content-specific vocabulary words appear in bold and three final sections include a glossary, an index, and a list of Internet sites for students who want to learn more. This title is one of six in the "How's Your Health" series. It is a thorough introduction to dental hygiene—and its hot pink cover has shelf appeal. Reviewer: Tina Dybvik
School Library Journal

Gr 1-3

It is a simple enough formula: use large text to describe an ailment like tooth decay, then show a full-color picture of a tooth with a small hole that will get bigger if left untreated. Repeat accordingly for each topic on almost every page. This series masters the basics and simultaneously encourages further learning with sidebars that help readers think concretely about the subject. For instance, after stating the exact measurements of a head louse (3 mm long), the sidebar features a dot of the same size. Other suggestions that help solidify ideas include drinking water with a wide straw and then a narrow one to demonstrate the difference between normal and swollen airways, or squirting a water gun to witness the force of a sneeze. Altogether a pitch-perfect presentation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599202211
  • Publisher: Black Rabbit Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: How's Your Health? Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 30
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


What Is Tooth Decay?     6
What Are Teeth Made Of?     8
What Causes Tooth Decay?     10
What Happens When a Tooth Decays?     12
How Do Dentists Treat Tooth Decay?     14
How Can You Stop Tooth Decay?     16
What Is Gum Disease?     18
How Is Gum Disease Treated?     20
How Can You Prevent Gum Disease?     22
Which Foods and Drinks Harm Teeth?     24
Which Foods and Drinks Are Good for Teeth?     26
Glossary     28
Find Out More     29
Index     30
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