Oral Health

Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, but it's preventable. Children with dental pain can have trouble speaking clearly, eating, and learning. Use the resources below to promote a healthy mouth. Learn about proper tooth-brushing and other preventive measures and how to find a dentist.

Brush Up on Oral Health Tip Sheets

The monthly Brush Up on Oral Health tip sheets provide Head Start staff with information on current practice and practical tips to promote good oral health. Every tip sheet also includes a simple recipe for a healthy snack that can be made in the classroom or at home.

July 2017: Pregnancy and Oral Health

Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life. It is safe and important to get oral health care during pregnancy. For example, pregnant women can safely have their teeth cleaned, have X-rays taken, and receive treatment. In this issue, learn how preventing oral disease can help keep women healthy during pregnancy.

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.

Embracing Our Future

Four children in Head Start and Early Head Start programs are featured in this 18-minute streaming video about Head Start health services. Designed as training for parents, Health Services Advisory Committee members, staff, and Policy Council and Governing Bodies, the video provides a basic picture of the range of health services offered by Head Start.

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.