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.

Oral Health, Overall Health, and Learning

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.

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 in Rural Areas

Learn about some oral health challenges pregnant women and children face in rural areas. Find tips Head Start staff can use to develop a plan to help families access oral health care.

Dental Hygienist Liaison Project

Learn more about the Dental Hygienist Liaison (DHL) project.  Find out how DHLs can help promote oral health for pregnant women and children enrolled in Head Start and child care.

I Like My Teeth Fluoride Posters

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.

Brush Up on Oral Health: Aug. 2018

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.