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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 toothbrushing and other preventive measures and how to find a dentist.

Steps for Toothbrushing at the Table

Toothbrushing at the classroom table is a quicker, more structured way to have children brush than individually at the sink. In this video, learn how to prepare, model, clean up, and store supplies.

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Brush Up on Oral Health

The monthly 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.

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Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles

This series of handouts provides simple tips on oral health issues. Staff are encouraged to share the handouts with families to promote good oral health. They are available in English and Spanish.

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Healthy Smiles: Oral Health for Spanish-Speaking Parents

Discover key messages around oral health knowledge and best practices. Health managers and program staff can use the archived webinar to host a viewing party for Spanish-speaking families!

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Oral Health

Topic:Oral Health

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National Centers: Early Childhood Health and Wellness

Last Updated: January 10, 2019