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.
Resources here focus on healthy beverages — such as water, milk, and fruit or vegetable juice — and their importance in maintaining good oral health, nutrition, and overall health. These resources call attention to the risks associated with beverages containing added sugar such as soda/pop, fruit drinks, and energy drinks. They also highlight how unhealthy beverages can contribute to tooth decay, diabetes, and obesity in young children. Also see resources on healthy eating.
This section contains fruit recipes. None of the recipes include added sugar. Each recipe includes a list of ingredients, directions, a picture of the prepared recipe, and, where needed, safety tips. Enjoy!
Find simple recipes for healthy snacks that young children can make in Head Start programs or at home with their families.
Learn about fluoride use for children and pregnant women. Discover why using fluoride is safe and effective and how people receive it. Also, find tips for working with families, and program policies and procedures.
Giving children water with fluoride helps keep their teeth healthy. Learn about fun and easy ways to encourage children to drink water with fluoride.
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.