Oral Health

Oral Health Assessment, Follow-up, and Treatment

a child at dentist exam with parentThe following materials provide information for Head Start staff and others to help ensure that children receive oral health assessments, follow-up, and treatment. This includes:

  • Establishment of a dental home, an ongoing source of preventive and primary care with diagnostic testing, examination, and treatment
  • Medications, aids, or equipment for dental conditions
  • Preventive measures, such as topical fluoride treatments and fluoride supplements
  • Services addressing the child's Individual Family Service Plan and the Individualized Education Program

Bright Futures in Practice: Oral Health—Pocket Guide

This guide is designed to help health professionals implement oral health supervision guidelines during pregnancy, the postpartum period, infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. The guide addresses family preparation, interview questions, risk assessment, screening, examination, preventive procedures, anticipatory guidance, and referrals.

Brush Up on Oral Health

This tip sheet series provides Head Start staff with information on current practice and practical tips for promoting good oral health.

Fluoride Varnish: An Effective Tool for Preventing Dental Caries

This fact sheet for health and oral health professionals offers information about fluoride varnish and its uses, effectiveness, safety, service delivery, and reimbursement.

Head Start Oral Health State Activities

This report provides examples from selected states of Head Start oral health activities in the areas of oral health education, disease prevention, and treatment programs.

Oral Health Forms

The oral health forms are important records of a pregnant woman's or child's dental visit. The forms provide information on dental home and current oral health status, and what oral health care services were delivered during the dental visit. These services include diagnostic and preventive services, counseling, restorative and emergency care, and referral to a specialist for care. The forms also record what oral health care services are needed and any information to share with others.

Oral Health Self-Management Goals for Parents/Caregivers

This handout is designed to help parents and other caregivers establish goals related to oral hygiene, oral health care, and feeding and eating practices to improve their child's oral health.

State Dental Periodicity Schedules

This interactive map shows where Head Start health managers, family service coordinators, home visitors, and others can find individual states’ recommended Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment program periodicity schedules for oral health.