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Brush Up on Oral Health Archive

The monthly Brush Up on Oral Health tip sheet provides Head Start staff with information on best and promising practices in oral health, current research, practical tips, frequently asked questions, and recipes for healthy snacks. Health and social service professionals interested in improving the oral health of pregnant women, infants, and children enrolled in Head Start and their families may also find Brush Up on Oral Health helpful.

OHRC welcomes your feedback on this series, as well as your suggestions for topics for future tip sheets. Please forward your comments to ohrcinfo@georgetown.edu.

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2019

  • October 2019: Pregnancy and Oral Health
    This issue talks about oral health concerns during pregnancy and offers tips for Head Start staff to help pregnant women keep their mouths healthy. It also offers a recipe for a healthy snack to make in the Head Start classroom or at home.

  • September 2019: Oral Health, Overall Health, and Learning
    The issue discusses how Head Start programs can find and use the dental periodicity schedule for their state. It also offers a recipe for a healthy snack to make in the Head Start classroom or at home.

  • August 2019: Age 1 Dental Visit
    In this issue, learn why age 1 dental visits are important. Find tips Head Start staff can use to explain to parents what happens during the dental visit. There’s also a recipe for baked kale chips that can be made in a Head Start classroom or at home.

  • July 2019: Oral Health in Rural Areas
    In this issue, learn about some oral health challenges pregnant women and children face in rural areas. Explore how to identify resources and develop a plan to help families access oral health care.

  • June 2019: Oral Health and Home Visiting
    This issue discusses why promoting oral health during home visits is important. It also provides tips Head Start staff can use to promote oral health during home visits. A recipe for a healthy snack that can be made in the Head Start classroom or at home is also included.

  • May 2019: Smoking and Oral Health  | En Español
    This issue describes some oral health problems related to smoking that can affect parents, pregnant women, and children. It offers tips Head Start staff can use to help parents and pregnant women quit smoking. A recipe for a healthy snack that can be made in the Head Start classroom or at home is also included.

  • April 2019: Fluoride
    This issue describes how fluoride works to prevent and repair tooth decay. It offers tips Head Start staff can use to help parents understand the benefits of fluoride. A recipe for a healthy snack that can be made in the Head Start classroom or at home is also included.

  • March 2019: Babies who are Teething  | En Español
    This issue provides information on teething and offers tips for Head Start staff to share with parents to comfort their baby who has teething pain. Try a recipe for a healthy snack that can be made in the Head Start classroom or at home.

  • February 2019: Oral Injuries  | En Español
    This issue identifies supplies to include in a first aid kit for treating oral injuries. It also explains how to give first aid for the five most common oral injuries that happen to young children with primary (baby) teeth. A recipe for a healthy snack that can be made in the Head Start classroom or at home is also included.

  • January 2019: Oral Health Resources Available Through ECLKC
    Start off the year learning where to find resources to help Head Start staff and families better understand the importance of oral health. A recipe for a healthy snack that can be made in the Head Start classroom or at home is also included.

2018

  • December 2018: Stress and Health  | En Español
    In this issue, learn how stress can affect the oral health of Head Start staff and discover ways to manage it. Also, find a recipe for a healthy snack that can be made in the Head Start classroom or at home.

  • November 2018: Toothbrushing in Head Start  | En Español
    In this issue, find answers to questions about the amount of fluoride toothpaste to use and the benefits of brushing at the classroom table as a group. Learn how to clean and store toothbrushes. This issue also promotes the new video, Steps for Toothbrushing at the Table: Growing Healthy Smiles in Early Care and Education Programs, to show Head Start staff how to brush children’s teeth in the classroom.

  • October 2018: Medicaid and CHIP
    In this issue, learn more about Medicaid and CHIP and why these programs are important. Find tips Head Start staff can use to help parents find a dental office or clinic that accepts Medicaid and CHIP. This issue also includes a recipe for a healthy snack that can be made in the Head Start classroom or at home.

  • September 2018: Dental Hygienist Liaison Program  | En Español
    This issue describes the role of dental hygienist liaisons and how they can help staff promote oral health and prevent oral disease in Head Start programs. A recipe for a healthy snack that can be made in a Head Start classroom or at home is also included.

  • August 2018: Oral Health and School Readiness  | En Español
    This issue describes the impact of oral heath on a child’s health and development. It includes strategies and resources Head Start staff can use to promote oral health among parents and in the classroom. There is also a recipe for a healthy snack that can be made in the Head Start classroom or at home.

  • July 2018: Sugar and Children's Oral Health  | En Español
    Learn about the important role sugar plays in developing tooth decay. Discover how to find hidden sugars in food and ways parents can limit children's sugar intake. Find a recipe for a healthy snack to be made in the Head Start classroom or at home.

  • June 2018: Babies and Pacifier Use  | En Español
    Explore tips Head Start staff can share with parents about using a pacifier safely and weaning their child from one. Also, find a recipe for a healthy snack that can be made in a Head Start classroom or at home.

  • May 2018: Emergency Preparedness and Oral Health  | En Español
    Find out how to prepare for oral emergencies before a disaster occurs. Also, learn ways to deal with some oral health challenges that staff may face after a disaster. There is also a recipe for a healthy snack that can be made in a Head Start classroom or at home.

  • April 2018: Culture and Health  | En Español
    Learn more about culturally responsive practices. Find out how staff can use these practices to help parents promote their children’s oral health. A recipe for a healthy snack that can be made in the Head Start classroom or at home is also included.

  • March 2018: Child Maltreatment  | En Español
    This tip sheet describes oral health signs of physical and sexual abuse. It also highlights resources available to Head Start staff to help them support families.

  • February 2018: Water and Health  | En Español
    This tip sheet describes why drinking water is important for good oral health. It provides resources Head Start staff can use to promote drinking water and tips for encouraging children to drink water.

  • January 2018: Fear of Dental Visits  | En Español
    This tip sheet describes reasons some parents may fear dental visits and avoid seeking care. The tip sheet discusses common reasons parents fear dental visits and offers tips for helping parent get over fear of dental visits.

2017

  • December 2017: Oral Health, Overall Health, and Learning  | En Español
    This tip sheet describes one part of the Head Start Program Performance Standard, Ensuring up-to-date child health status, 45 CFR § 1302.42(b)(1), and how it relates to oral health. It discusses how Head Start programs can find and use the dental periodicity schedule for their state.

  • November 2017: Healthy Bedtime Habits  | En Español
    This tip sheet describes the Brush, Book, Bed program developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics to structure children’s bedtime routines. The tip sheet includes recommendations that Head Start staff can share with parents for choosing children’s books on oral health.

  • October 2017: Follow-up Oral Health Care
    This tip sheet talks about why it is important to treat tooth decay in primary teeth and offers tips for Head Start staff to encourage parents to get follow-up care for their child. Tips include finding out why the child has not been taken for follow-up care, sharing written information with parents, and arranging a field trip to a dental office or clinic.

  • September 2017: Finding Oral Health Care
    This tip sheet talks about why regular dental visits are important and offers tips for Head Start staff to help pregnant women and parents find and use oral health care. Tips include finding out if the pregnant women or child has insurance, working with a family service worker or case manager to find care, and using online databases to find care.

  • August 2017: Talking with Children About Dental Visits  | En Español
    This tip sheet provides tips for Head Start staff to share with parents to prepare children for dental visits. Tips include being positive, not bringing up shots or possible pain, and role-playing visiting the dentist and dental hygienist.

  • July 2017: Pregnancy and Oral Health  | En Español
    This tip sheet talks about oral health concerns during pregnancy and offers tips for Head Start staff to help pregnant women keep their mouths healthy. Tips include brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day.

  • June 2017: Promoting Oral Health In Head Start
    This tip sheet provides strategies that Head Start staff can use to promote good oral health among children and parents. Strategies include using teaching practices that engage children, integrating oral health into activities, engaging parents in promoting oral health at home, and participating in or creating oral health campaigns and programs.

  • May 2017: The Importance of Oral Health for Adults
    This tip sheet talks about the impact of oral health on adults’ overall health and well-being and offers tips on what Head Start staff can do to help adults keep their mouths healthy. Tips include brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day.

  • April 2017: Oral Injuries  | En Español
    This tip sheet discusses oral injuries that can happen to children. It also identifies strategies Head Start staff can use to help prevent these injuries.

  • March 2017: Primary (Baby) Teeth  | En Español
    This tip sheet talks about why primary teeth are important and offers information that Head Start staff can share with parents. Topics include how the health of primary teeth affects overall health and nutrition and how primary teeth help with the development of speech.

  • February 2017: Fluoride Supplements  | En Español
    This tip sheet provides information about fluoride supplements and the role of Head Start staff in promoting them. Determining a child’s need for fluoride is also discussed.

  • January 2017: Oral Health and Home Visits
    This tip sheet addresses how Head Start staff can promote the importance of oral health during home visits. It talks about the important of promoting health during home visits and provides tips for how to do it.

2016

  • December 2016: Choosing Healthy Drinks
    This tip sheet focuses on choosing healthy drinks and identifying drinks with added sugar. It also discusses how Head Start staff can help parents prevent tooth decay by promoting healthy drink choices (e.g., milk, fluoridated tap or bottled water) and limiting drinks with sugar.

  • November 2016: Oral Health Literacy  | En Español
    This tip sheet focuses on oral health literacy, why it is important, and what Head Start staff can do to improve it. Strategies include looking for and delivering oral health information that is easy to understand, speaking clearly and listening carefully, and building parents’ knowledge to improve their ability to make good oral health decisions.

  • October 2016: Case Management in Head Start
    This tip sheet defines case management and explains how it can improve the oral health of children enrolled in Head Start. It also describes how case managers and parents can work together to meet children’s oral health needs.

  • July 2016: Engaging Parents in Their Child’s Oral Health
    This tip sheet describes why it is important for parents to be engaged in their child’s oral health. It includes strategies and resources Head Start staff can use to engage parents in their child’s oral health.

  • June 2016: Oral Health in Rural Areas
    This tip sheet identifies some oral health challenges faced by families living in rural areas. It offers tips for Head Start staff to help families overcome the challenges.

  • May 2016: Risky Business—Tooth Decay and Children
    This tip sheet explains why it is important to reduce the factors that cause tooth decay and increase the factors that protect teeth from tooth decay. It discusses how Head Start staff can share this information with parents.

  • April 2016: Weaning a Child from a Bottle  | En Español
    This tip sheet explains why weaning from a bottle is important and offers tips that Head Start staff can share with parents to help. Tips are divided into three topics: preparing for weaning, using a gradual approach, and going cold turkey.

  • March 2016: Dental Hygienist Liaisons
    This tip sheet describes the role of dental hygienist liaisons and how they can help staff promote oral health for pregnant women and children in Head Start programs. Suggestions include sharing information about the importance of oral health and helping Head Start staff identify and establish a dental home for pregnant women and children.

  • February 2016: Babies' Oral Health  | En Español
    This tip sheet focuses on oral health for babies (from birth to age 12 months) and what Head Start staff can do to help promote good oral health for babies. Ideas for healthy foods to serve babies in Early Head Start programs and at home are also included.

2015

  • July 2015: Child Abuse  | En Español
    This tip sheet provides Head Start staff with an overview of child abuse and describes oral health signs of physical and sexual abuse. It also highlights resources that are available to Head Start staff to help them support children and families.
  • May 2015: Promoting Oral Health During Pregnancy
    This tip sheet highlights some reasons women may not seek or receive oral health care when they are pregnant. It offers strategies Head Start staff can use to help pregnant women achieve good oral health.
  • April 2015: American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Tradition  | En Español
    This tip sheet highlights some of the oral health issues faced by American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) children. It offers culturally appropriate strategies to help AIAN parents and other caregivers improve children’s oral health.
  • March 2015: Autism Spectrum Disorder  | En Español
    This tip sheet describes key oral health issues that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face. The tip sheet also offers tips to help parents and Head Start staff maintain the oral health of children with ASD.
  • January 2015: Dental Clinic Care for Children with Disabilities  | En Español
    This tip sheet offers tips that Head Start staff can share with parents to help them find a dental clinic for their child with disabilities. The issue also includes tips to share with parents about how to speak with the dental team.

2014

  • November 2014: Choosing Healthy Behaviors
    This tip sheet talks about helping parents choose to make healthy behavior changes that will improve their child’s oral health. Steps to help parent choose to make healthy behavior changes include being prepared to talk about the family’s oral health needs and asking for permission to discuss oral health.

  • October 2014: Oral Injuries
    This tip sheet identifies supplies to include in a first aid kit for treating oral injuries. It also explains how to give first aid for the five most common oral injuries that happen to young children with primary (baby) teeth.

  • September 2014: Toothbrushing | En Español
    This tip sheet provides the American Dental Association’s fluoride toothpaste recommendations, which were released in February 2014. It highlights some advantages of brushing at the classroom table and gives step-by-step instructions for how to do this.

  • July 2014: Dental Home
    This tip sheet describes the features of a dental home. It offers tips for Head Start staff to help parents and pregnant women appreciate, find, and use a dental home.

  • June 2014: Fluoridated Tap Water
    This tip sheet talks about why community water fluoridation is important. It offers tips for Head Start staff to help parents choose fluoridated tap (faucet) water for their family. It also gives ideas for creating a tap-water-friendly home for children.

  • May 2014: Oral Habits
    This tip sheet provides information on young children’s oral habits. It offers strategies Head Start staff can share with parents to help their child practice oral habits safely and to stop oral habits that may damage their child’s teeth or mouth.