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Come on, then.
This is Ava, and she is three years old.
-I think we might need to get some water.
Come on, then.
-Do you want to turn the tap on?
Ava likes to help her mum look after all the plants in the garden.
Wow, that's so much!
Which one are you going to water first?
Oh, well done.
Shall I take some pictures of you while you're doing your work?
Lovely! Let's see those lovely teeth.
What a lovely smile you have, Ava!
Hey, that's a good one!
Today, Ava is going to do something new for the first time.
But what will it be?
This is Ava's memory box.
It helps her remember all the exciting things that have happened.
See if you can spot what goes in it today.
Look what Mummy's got - some mirrors.
Would you like to see your teeth in this mirror?
Ava's mum is showing her how to look at her teeth in a mirror.
What do you think? Can you see them? Do they look good?
Let me see...
Can you see your top teeth too? Oh, yes.
Do you know what I think we should do?
I think we should go to a special person called the dentist,
someone that can help us count our teeth.
Shall we do that?
Come on, then. Let's go.
After we are born, our first set of teeth grow,
and these are called milk teeth.
Milk teeth eventually fall out so that our adult teeth can grow.
Your teeth need to be really strong so that you can chew your food.
It's important to brush your teeth every day in the
morning and at bedtime.
A dentist is someone we visit who helps us take care of our teeth and
-makes sure they stay healthy.
Ava and Mum have come to see the dentist to get their teeth checked.
-Hiya! Come in.
-Hello! Are we going to come in?
-Are you Ava?
-My name's Mr Reid, I'm one of the dentists
-that works here. This is Sam who's helping me.
Is this the first time you've been to the dentist?
Do you know what we do at the dentist?
We count teeth and see how many you've got.
-Do you want to go first, or Mummy?
Go on. If Mummy wants to come and have a seat...
I'll look and count up Mummy's teeth.
Then we can have a look at yours and count yours.
I'm going to put my gloves on, and we're going to
use this to count Mummy's teeth with.
-Do you want to hold on to that one?
-Wow, that mirror's tiny!
From over here... And we'll look round Mummy's mouth,
and count Mummy's teeth. So we'll press this...
Can you press that button there for me?
-Press that one.
-Well done, Ava. You're helping adjust the chair.
Wow! Very good.
And can you turn the light on for me as well?
Can you press that button there? Press it hard.
Thank you very much. That's a big help.
The first thing into Ava's memory box is the dentist chair.
I'm just going to shine this on Mummy's mouth and check
Mummy's teeth, and Sam's got some glasses for you.
-If you pop those on...
-You look funny, Mum!
-And we'll have a look round and count
Mummy's teeth up. So open nice and wide...
-Round the top, we've got one, two...
-I wonder how many teeth Mummy has.
Mummy's got 30 teeth.
How many do you think you've got, Ava?
Do you think you've got more than that?
Well, why don't we find out?
Why don't we sit Mummy up, and you can use Mummy as a big cushion?
-And you can sit on Mummy.
-Come on, then.
-Go on, then.
I'm going to pop a clean pair of gloves on, OK, Ava?
I'm going to shine this light - can you see it on your toes?
It's going to shine on your knees, on your tummy,
and shine on your teeth.
We're going to count your teeth and see how many you've got.
You've got one, two, three, four, five, six,
seven, eight, nine... Do you know what comes after nine?
-What comes after nine?
-You're a clever thing.
And can you see yourself in the mirror? We'll use that to
look at the top ones. Can you open super wide?
-Open wide, Ava!
-One, two, three, four, five,
six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
That makes 20 teeth, Ava!
You've got ten beautiful white teeth on the top,
and ten beautiful white teeth on the bottom.
So do Mum and Dad help you brush your teeth?
When you're three you should brush your teeth in the morning,
and last thing at night before you go to bed, OK?
And to help you, we've got a couple of things here.
This one here - can you see the green sand inside?
Look, Ava - it's a timer.
When you start to brush your teeth, turn it over. They're not
allowed to stop until all the sand has come down there.
You can see all the sand coming down.
Then we know how long to brush.
You need to make sure that Mummy
and Daddy tick the box in the morning and tick
at night to make sure they remember to brush.
You're coming back in a couple of weeks.
We'll check that Mummy and Daddy
have been doing a good job and I'm going to polish.
-What do you say?
-An absolute pleasure.
-We'll see you in a few weeks' time.
The second thing into the memory box is the timer.
Back at home, Ava's playing dentist in her room.
You're very good at cleaning that, aren't you? There we are.
Are you going to bandage it back up? You're so good at this.
Ava is making pretend teeth out of modelling clay.
-It's going to be a new tooth!
-Let's see it then. Wow.
You're doing a great job as a dentist, Ava.
And, look - you've got more patients.
-What are you doing?
-Brushing the teeth.
How do we do that? Can you remember? How many
-times should we...?
-When we wake up.
-When we wake up. And...?
-And before we go to bed.
-Has she got lovely teeth?
How many did she have?
Erm, she had lots! But she's tired right now.
Ava, I think you're really good at playing dentist.
Now you've checked everyone's teeth,
it's time to brush your teeth.
It's bedtime and we should try and get our
teeth nice and clean. Do you want to turn your timer over?
-Good girl, I'll get the toothpaste ready...
There we are. OK, here we go. Look at Mummy, then.
Here we are. Shall we get them nice and clean? Good girl!
It's important to brush your teeth every morning and evening,
or after very sugary snacks, as this
helps keep your teeth clean and healthy.
Good girl - well done, Ava!
-So good! There we are.
-Spit - a little spit.
There we are. I need to mark that we've done our brushing for today.
-There we are.
-Well done, Ava.
-Now it's time for bed. Night-night.
The third thing into the memory box is a toothbrush.
It's breakfast time, and Ava is learning about the different
types of food good for our teeth.
We'll put the good things on this plate.
Would you help? What about these sweeties?
-I don't think those are sugary.
-They're very sugary.
This is something that we don't have between meals.
It's better to keep for now and again.
Shall we put those things on this plate? Can you reach?
Can we reach over there?
-The dip and breadsticks - is that a good thing?
Yeah, that's a really good snack because it will fill us
up and it's good for teeth, so we'll put that there.
Good girl, you're getting the hang of it! Now what about drinks?
We've got milk, and some water, and some juice.
Which drinks are good to have in between meals?
Which do you like to drink? Some milk. And water - that's right.
Juice is just something we often have if we are going to a party
-isn't it? Yeah.
-Clever girl. That's it, well done.
The fourth thing into the memory box is the healthy food.
It's a few weeks since Ava went to the dentist,
so it's time to go back for a checkup.
She needs to brush her teeth.
-Can you remember how much?
-A little bit.
Just the size of small pea. Gentle squeeze.
-Don't forget your timer.
-Shall we turn it over?
Do you want to turn over the timer?
Ready and go! That's it. Can you see your teeth?
Let Mummy see. What a good job! Shall Mummy have a little go now?
Can you see in the mirror? Can Mummy show you? OK.
Good girl. Nice and still, big open mouth, please.
Just do some little scrubs. What a lovely wide yawn.
Oh, let's get those all lovely and sparkly.
Well done, and we'll do the biting surfaces...
Over here, too. That's that timer all finished,
so we can spit out - spit out. Good girl!
And I'll mark off on your chart that we've done a good job.
There we are.
Time to get ready for the dentist.
-Hey, Ava! Come in, come in.
Oh, is that for me? Look at all those crosses in the box.
Did Mummy do a good job of brushing your teeth?
And have you been using your green sand?
-We've had it in the bathroom next
to your toothbrush, haven't we?
Remember the last time we counted teeth? You sat on Mummy's knee.
Do you want to have a seat on the chair on your own?
Ava, you're in the dentist chair yourself.
I want to shine the light. Well done. Round the top...
-We've got one, two...
-Today Ava went to the dentist.
Do you remember what happened? Let's have a look in the memory box.
First, Ava went to the dentist,
where she sat in the chair and had her teeth counted.
Next, she was given a timer and
chart to help her brush her teeth properly.
Then she went home and brushed her teeth with a toothbrush, and finally
Ava learned about which snacks are good for your teeth.
Today, Ava went to the dentist.
There's a first time for everything!