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>>RACHEL: Welcome back, it’s time for Chompers, your morning and night toothbrushing show.
Start brushing on the top of your mouth on one side, and brush the inside, outside, and chewing side of each tooth.
>>KIDS: 3, 2, 1 brush!
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>>RACHEL: It’s Teeth Week, and tonight we’ve got the answer to the quiz…
>>RACHEL: -from this morning.
Our question was:
How many teeth do most grownups have?
Is it: 32?
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>>RACHEL: OR 54?
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>>RACHEL: Ready for the answer?
>>RACHEL: The answer is….32
But some people have a few more, or a few less.
Switch your brushing to the other side of the top of your mouth…
>>RACHEL: and give your tongue a brush, too.
>>RACHEL: These 32 teeth have different shapes and jobs, so we use different names to talk about them.
>>RACHEL: Our incisors are in the front - 4 on top and 4 on the bottom. We use them to cut and chop the food we eat. Like our first bite of an apple.
>>RACHEL: Our canines–two on top and two on bottom, are sharp and pointy! We use them to tear the food we eat.
Switch to bottom of your mouth…
>>RACHEL: -and don’t forget your front teeth - the incisors!
Molars are more in the back. These are the ones that are kinda hard to reach when you brush. Molars are TOUGH teeth! They’re much larger and stronger than the canines and incisors. (SFX Wow) And because they’re mostly flat with a few bumps on them, they’re great at crushing and grinding food - or, you know, chewing!
>>RACHEL: Switch to the other side of the bottom of your mouth…
>>RACHEL: -and make sure you’re reaching those molars in the back
Your teeth can tell stories about you.
>>RACHEL: Scientists say that they can just look at your teeth and tell how old you are and what you often drink or eat.
>>RACHEL: So make sure your teeth are telling a good story! So we’d better treat them well with healthy food, and protect them from bad bacteria by brushing.
>>RACHEL: That’s it for Chompers tonight, great job brushing! Come back tomorrow, until then you…
>>KIDS: 3, 2, 1 spit!
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>>RACHEL: Chompers is a production of Gimlet Media.