Oral Health in Rural Areas

Learn about some oral health challenges pregnant women and children face in rural areas. Find tips Head Start staff can use to develop a plan to help families access oral health care.

Dental Hygienist Liaison Project

Learn more about the Dental Hygienist Liaison (DHL) project.  Find out how DHLs can help promote oral health for pregnant women and children enrolled in Head Start and child care.

Brush Up on Oral Health: Aug. 2018

Oral Health and School Readiness: At Head Start, school readiness begins with health because a child must be healthy to be ready to learn. School readiness depends on positive physical, social and emotional, learning, language, and cognitive development.

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.

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.