Brush Up on Oral Health: December 2017

This issue describes one part of the Head Start Program Performance Standard, ensuring up-to-date child health status, and how it relates to oral health. Also, learn how Head Start staff can find and use their state's dental periodicity schedule in their work.

Oral Health: Tips for Health Managers

Help parents and caregivers learn how to ensure good oral health for children and themselves. Help pregnant women and children learn good mouth and teeth habits.

Choosing Healthy Drinks for Your Young Child

Children who are often given sugary drinks are more likely to have tooth decay (cavities). Learn about which drinks have added sugar and which drinks (water and milk) are best for children.

Finding a Dental Clinic for Your Child

Visiting the dental clinic keeps children’s teeth and mouth healthy. Learn about how to find a dental clinic and the importance of regular dental visits.

Getting Fluoride for Your Child

There are several important ways to make teeth strong and prevent tooth decay. These include drinking tap (faucet) water with fluoride, brushing with fluoride toothpaste, and having a health professional apply fluoride varnish.

Helping Your Baby with Teething Pain

Baby teeth start coming in at about 6 to 10 months old, and can sometimes hurt. Get tips for simple ways to help prevent or reduce teething pain.

Taking Care of Your Baby’s Oral Health

A baby’s teeth start coming in at about 6 to 10 months old and it’s important to take care of their teeth. Learn about what you can do to keep baby teeth healthy.

Taking Care of Your Oral Health When You Are Pregnant

It is important for pregnant women to take care of their oral health. Practicing good oral hygiene, eating healthy foods, and getting oral health care help keep a woman’s mouth and teeth healthy during pregnancy.

Visiting the Dental Clinic with Your Child

Regular dental visits are important to keep children’s teeth and mouths healthy and to teach them to value good oral health. Learn about what will happen at the dental clinic.