Oral Habits

Find out how some oral habits may be harmful to children’s teeth and mouths. Explore tips staff can share with parents to help their child stop oral habits that can cause future oral health problems.

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.

Age 1 Dental Visit

Review this tip sheet to learn why age 1 dental visits are key to a child's healthy development. Find ways to explain to parents what happens during the dental visit.

Oral Health Forms

Use these forms to document dental home information and current oral health status and services; such as diagnostic and preventive services, counseling, restorative and emergency care, and referral to a specialist.

Visiting the Dental Clinic with Your Child

Regular dental visits are important to keep children’s teeth and mouths healthy and to teach them to value good oral health. Learn about what will happen at the dental clinic.

Finding a Dental Clinic for Your Child

Visiting the dental clinic keeps children’s teeth and mouth healthy. Learn about how to find a dental clinic and the importance of regular dental visits.

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.