In this guide, learn what a dental periodicity schedule is and the Head Start Program Performance Standards about oral exams.
Explore how community water fluoridation is key to preventing tooth decay. Learn how Head Start staff can help parents choose fluoridated tap water for their family.
Discover how anesthesia and sedation are used for oral health care. Learn questions parents can ask if anesthesia or sedation is recommended to treat their child’s tooth decay.
Discover five ways primary (baby) teeth are key to a child’s growth and development. Learn why untreated tooth decay in primary teeth matters.
Learn how to choose healthy drinks. Head Start staff can help parents prevent tooth decay by promoting healthy drink choices, such as milk and fluoridated water, and limiting drinks with added sugar.
Discover what silver diamine fluoride is and how it can stop tooth decay without using drills or needles. Learn responses to commonly asked questions parents may have about silver diamine fluoride.
Examine the factors that cause and protect teeth from tooth decay. Find out why it is important to keep these two sets of factors in balance to prevent tooth decay and to share this information with parents.
Use this form to help pregnant women share important information about their pregnancy and oral health with dental office staff. It can help dental office staff best meet pregnant women’s oral health needs.
Find out how some oral habits may be harmful to children’s teeth and mouths. Explore tips staff can share with parents to help their child stop oral habits that can cause future oral health problems.
In this issue, learn how programs can use case management to improve the oral health of children in Head Start. Find out how case managers and parents can work together to meet children's oral health needs.