Discover five ways primary (baby) teeth are key to a child’s growth and development. Learn why untreated tooth decay in primary teeth matters.
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.
Discover what silver diamine fluoride is and how it can stop tooth decay without using drills or needles. Learn responses to commonly asked questions parents may have about silver diamine fluoride.
Examine the factors that cause and protect teeth from tooth decay. Find out why it is important to keep these two sets of factors in balance to prevent tooth decay and to share this information with parents.
Learn about the oral health challenges that some children with disabilities face. Explore strategies Head Start staff and parents can use to address these challenges.
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.
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.
The tip sheet provides oral health best practices for infants, toddlers, and young children. Review information on how to handle basic oral health emergencies.
These posters are designed to share positive messages about drinking water with fluoride, brushing with fluoride toothpaste, and children's oral health. Head Start and child care staff can use them as a teaching aid in Head Start and child care classrooms, and at parent events.
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.