Brush Up on Oral Health

Health Literacy, Language, and Culture

Chalk drawing of the earth with stick people arounf the circumference of the globe holding hands.This section offers information and strategies Head Start staff can use to support families in obtaining, processing, and understanding information to make appropriate oral health decisions, taking into account families’ language and culture.

Families bring a wealth of strengths that stem from their culture — beliefs, values, and behaviors — that shape their way of life. Cultural practices influence how families take care of themselves and their children. Where needed, Head Start staff must implement strategies that take into account families’ culture, languages, and practices to help families improve their child’s oral health.

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