This SJWRI-led project aims to engage with students from primary and intermediate schools in order to unlock their curiosity about the science behind fossils, animal teeth, tooth function, and hence raise awareness about good oral health. The project involves students taking impressions of teeth from various marine and terrestrial animals, including taonga species, to make replicas that they can keep. In this process they learn about the science behind impression taking, the importance of impressions in dentistry and how important it is to maintain good oral health.
Want to learn more? Watch our videos:
Impression Making in Dentistry
Teeth Shape and Function in Animals
Tooth pendants in Māori culture
Making a good impression activities during the 2016 International Science Festival
The Making a good impression project is supported by the Unlocking Curious minds fund