Pregnancy and Oral Health

Learn about oral health issues that may happen during pregnancy. Find tips on how Head Start staff can help pregnant women keep their mouths healthy.

Oral Health, Overall Health, and Learning

Explore this tip sheet to learn about oral health’s role in overall health and learning. Discover the Head Start Program Performance Standards related to oral health and your state dental periodicity schedule.

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.

Encouraging Your Child to Drink Water

Giving children water with fluoride helps keep their teeth healthy. Learn about fun and easy ways to encourage children to drink water with fluoride.

Understanding Why Baby Teeth Are Important

Baby (primary) teeth are a child’s first set of teeth and by age 2½ to 3 years old, all 20 baby teeth will have come into the mouth. Taking care of a child’s baby teeth is important for their overall health and development.

Brushing Your Child's Teeth

Brushing with fluoride toothpaste helps prevent tooth decay (cavities). Learn when to begin brushing a child’s teeth and how often.