Brush Up on Oral Health Newsletters

The National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW) is pleased to offer a new oral health resource. The monthly Brush Up on Oral Health newsletter provides Head Start staff with information on best and promising practices in oral health, current research, practical tips, frequently asked questions, and recipes for healthy snacks. Health and social service professionals interested in improving the oral health of pregnant women, infants, and children enrolled in Head Start and their families may also find the newsletter helpful.

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May 2016: Risky Business – Tooth Decay and Children

This issue explains why it is important to lower the factors that cause tooth decay and increase the factors that protect teeth from tooth decay. Head Start staff can share this information with parents. This issue also includes a recipe for a healthy snack that can be made in a Head Start classroom or at home.

Previous issues of the series have been archived by year. Select a year to start exploring.

2016

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April 2016: Weaning a Child from a Bottle

This issue explains why weaning from a bottle is important and offers tips that Head Start staff can share with parents to help. It also provides a recipe for a healthy snack that can be made in a Head Start classroom or at home.

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March 2016: Dental Hygienist Liaisons

Dental hygienists play an important role in promoting oral health and preventing oral disease. Because of this role, the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness, working in partnership with the American Dental Hygienists' Association, created the Dental Hygienist Liaison (DHL) program. This issue describes the role of DHLs and how they can help staff promote oral health for pregnant women and children in Head Start programs.

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February 2016: Babies' Oral Health

Taking care of babies' oral health is important. Care should start before the baby's first tooth comes into the mouth. This issue focuses on oral health for babies (from birth to age 12 months) and what Head Start staff can do to help promote good oral health for babies. You will also find ideas for healthy foods to serve babies in Early Head Start programs and at home.

2015

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August 2015: Non-Nutritive Sucking and Pacifiers

Non-nutritive sucking (sucking on something other than a breast or a bottle nipple) is normal for babies. This issue offers tips Head Start staff can share with parents about using pacifiers safely and weaning their child from a pacifier.

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July 2015: Child Abuse

This issue provides Head Start staff with an overview of child abuse and describes oral health signs of physical and sexual abuse. It also highlights resources that are available to Head Start staff to help them support children and families.

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June 2015: Primary (Baby) Teeth

This issue talks about why primary teeth are important and offers information that Head Start staff can share with parents.

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May 2015: Promoting Oral Health During Pregnancy

Taking care of teeth and gums is important for pregnant women's oral health and overall health. This issue highlights some reasons women may not seek or receive oral health care when they are pregnant. It offers strategies Head Start staff can use to help pregnant women achieve good oral health.

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April 2015: American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Tradition

American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) people belong to tribes or are connected to groups that trace their origins to the first peoples of the Americas. AIAN people generally refer to themselves by their tribes. This issue of Brush Up on Oral Health highlights some of the oral health issues faced by AIAN children. It offers culturally appropriate strategies to help AIAN parents and other caregivers improve children's oral health. A description of a healthy snack that can be eaten in the Head Start classroom or at home is also included.

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March 2015: Autism Spectrum Disorder

This issue describes key oral health issues that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face. It also offers tips to help parents and Head Start staff maintain the oral health of children with ASD.

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February 2015: Smoking and Oral Health

This issue describes some smoking-related health problems that affect parents, pregnant women, and children. It also offers tips Head Start staff can use to help parents, pregnant women, and Head Start staff quit smoking.

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January 2015: Dental Clinic Care for Children with Disabilities

This issue offers tips that Head Start staff can share with parents to help them find a dental clinic for their child with disabilities. It also includes tips to share with parents about how to speak with the dental team.

NCEHW welcomes your feedback on this newsletter series, as well as your suggestions for topics for future issues. Please forward your comments to health@ecetta.info or call 1-888-227-5125.

Brush Up on Oral Health Newsletters. HHS/ACF/OHS/NCEHW. 2016. English.

Last Reviewed: June 2016

Last Updated: June 22, 2016