Brush Up on Oral Health: March 2018

In this issue, learn more about oral health signs of physical and sexual abuse. Also, find resources for Head Start staff to help them support families.

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.

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.

Head Start and Your Dental Practice

This video offers oral health professionals ways to foster strong relationships with families to promote oral health in young children. Explore how to assess the office environment, develop positive relationships, and partner with Head Start staff. Also, find out about how to receive reimbursement and provide preventive services. The video also talks about teaching and learning techniques for caring for young children, including those with special health care needs.

A Healthy Mouth for Your Baby

This booklet identifies five steps to protect a young child’s teeth. Parents and child-care providers may use this resource to gain basic information on child dental care. The strategies for protecting a baby’s teeth include preventing bottle tooth decay and taking a child to the dentist.