How to Make a Paper Tooth Model

A paper tooth model is useful for both children and dentists.
A paper tooth model is useful for both children and dentists. (Image: Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

A paper tooth model can be useful for teaching children about the various types of teeth and the importance of cleaning them. Children can even practice flossing the paper tooth model. It is also helpful for dentists or dental hygienists when explaining to patients a certain dental procedure. The model is also quickly and economically made.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 sheet of pink construction paper
  • 1 sheet of white construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Tape

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Cut out two 1-by-10-inch strips of pink paper. Cut a square piece of pink paper 2-by-2 3/4 inches.

Measure 1 3/8-inches from one of the 1-inch ends of the strip of paper and mark with a pen. Measure 1 3/8-inches from the other 1-inch end of the same strip of paper and mark with a pen. Fold both ends of the strip of paper over at the pen markings. Repeat with the other strip of paper.

Tape the two folded ends of one strip to the back of the pink square along the top edge. Tape the two folded ends of the other strip to the back of the pink square along the bottom edge. This will serve as the gums of the tooth model.

Draw a line 7 inches long on a white sheet of paper. Above this line draw 16 teeth. Make sure to include molars, canines and incisors. Repeat this process for the second row of teeth.

Cut along the outer edges of the teeth. Include space below the teeth to have enough room to glue the teeth to the gums.

Glue the two rows of teeth to the upper and lower gums.

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