Oral Health

Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease. It is caused by bacteria that can be shared from person to person. Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste is one of the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay and promote good oral health. Effective oral health practices vary depending on the developmental skills of each child. When children have a healthy mouth, they can speak more clearly, eat healthy foods, and feel good about themselves. A healthy mouth also means children can better focus and learn, have a pain-free mouth, and incur fewer dental costs.

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Assessment, Follow-up, and Treatment

Programs are required to work with each family to establish an ongoing source of preventive and primary oral health care with diagnostic testing, examination, and treatment. It is often referred to as a dental home. Tracking and supporting preventive measures such as fluoride supplements and obtaining equipment for dental conditions are also part of the regulations. Review the links below to learn more about oral health requirements.

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Education Activities

Good oral health is an important part of overall wellness. Program staff can support children and families to embrace positive oral health habits such as daily brushing and regular dental visits. The following links contain educational materials and activities to help instill good oral hygiene practices.

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Policies and Procedures

Programs are required to develop, implement, evaluate, and revise policies and procedures relating to oral health services. The following resources are designed to assist in understanding and meeting that requirement.

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Last Reviewed: March 2016

Last Updated: March 7, 2016