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K–12 Oral Health Education

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These selected resources offer high-quality information about oral health education for children and adolescents in kindergarten through 12th grade. Use the tools below for further searching, or contact us for personalized assistance.

OHRC Publications

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Barzel R, Holt K. 2012. Child and adolescent oral health issues. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 8 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This fact sheet provides health professionals with information on issues related to child and adolescent oral health. Topics include dental caries, access to care, children and adolescents with special health care needs, dental sealants, fluorides, nutrition, injury and violence, and tobacco. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Barzel R, Holt K, eds. 2019. Promoting oral health in schools: A resource guide (4th ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 35 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This guide provides resources to help health professionals, educators, parents, and others promote oral health and prevent oral disease in school-age children and adolescents. The guide is divided into two sections. The first section describes materials such as brochures, fact sheets, guidelines, curricula, and reports. The second section lists federal agencies and national organizations that may serve as resources. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Holt K, Barzel R. 2013. Oral health and learning: When children's oral health suffers, so does their ability to learn (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 4 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This fact sheet presents information on the effects of poor oral health on learning in school-age children. Topics include the impact of poor oral health on school performance and social relationships, nutrition and learning, school attendance and learning, and programs for improving oral health. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Holt K, Barzel R. 2010. Pain and suffering shouldn't be an option: School-based and school-linked oral health services for children and adolescents. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 4 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This fact sheet provides information about the importance of good oral health during childhood and adolescence. Topics include school readiness, disparities, oral trauma, nutrition, dental sealants, fluoride varnish, and school-based and school-linked oral health services. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Lowe E, Barzel R, Holt K. 2016. Integrating sustainable oral health services into primary care in school-based health centers: A framework. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 1 v

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This framework offers ideas for school-based health centers (SBHCs) to consider when integrating sustainable comprehensive oral health services into primary care to improve the quality of oral health care of children and adolescents. The framework presents a description of six levels of integration to help SBHCs evaluate their current level of integration and key elements to more fully integrate sustainable comprehensive oral health services into primary care in SBHCs. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

     


OHRC Library

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Alabama Department of Public Health, Oral Health Office with Troy University. 2016. Smile Savers activity books. Montgomery, AL: Alabama Alabama Department of Public Health, Office of Oral Health, 2 v

Alabama Department of Public Health, Oral Health Program
Family Health Services Bureau RSA Tower 201 Monroe Street, Suite 1350
Montgomery, AL 36104

Telephone: (334) 206-5675
Secondary Telephone: (334) 206-2950
Website: http://www.adph.org/oralhealth/Default.asp?id=1324
Available from the website.

These activity books provide information about oral health and promote oral health to children. One book is for children from kindergarten to grade 4, and the other is for children in grade 5 and up. Activities include coloring, crossword puzzles, word games, and comics that can be colored.


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American Dental Association. 2005. Smile Smarts dental health curriculum. Chicago, IL: American Dental Association, multiple items

American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678

Telephone: (312) 440-2500
Fax: (312) 440-7494
E-mail: info@ada.org
Website: http://www.ada.org
Available from the website.

These resources are designed to help students in preschool through eighth grade develop good oral hygiene habits. Contents include the following lesson plans: Shining Smiles! for students ages 4–7, A Lifetime of Healthy Smiles! for students in second and third grade, Teeth to Treasure! for students in fourth through sixth grade, and Watch Your Mouth! for students in seventh and eighth grade. Additional contents include hands-on classroom demonstrations, videos, and other activities and materials to support the lesson plans. Information about careers in dentistry, presentations, and other resources for educators are also available.


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Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures™. 2012. Dr. Rabbit and the Tooth Defenders: An oral health education program for grades 2–3. New York, NY: Colgate-Palmolive Company, 24 pp

Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures™
300 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Telephone: (800) 468-6502
Secondary Telephone: (212) 310-2000
Website: https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health-education
Available from the website.

This health education program guide is designed to help teachers integrate oral health into an existing curriculum for students in grades 2–3. The program uses a standards-based approach to cover core learning objectives that can be adapted to classroom needs. The guide contains developmentally appropriate lesson plans designed to challenge children to take responsibility for their own oral health. Ideas for getting parents and other family members involved with the topic of oral health are included throughout the guide. Additional program components include a video featuring two cartoon dentists who have mentored a group of children to become Tooth Defender "superheroes;" a storybook; a poster; and a parent take-home.


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Connecticut State Dental Association. 2017. Connecticut cares about oral health: An oral health curriculum (rev. ed.). Southington, CT: Connecticut State Dental Association, multiple items

Connecticut State Dental Association
835 West Queen Street
Southington, CT 06489

Telephone: (860) 378-1800
Fax: (860) 378-1807
Website: http://www.csda.com
Available from the website.

This packet is designed to help educators integrate oral health education into Connecticut's school health curricula. The packet comprises 6 lesson modules for educating students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 about oral health and healthy behaviors. Each module lists objectives, questions, and related subject areas and can be used individually or in combination with recommended supportive activities and classroom materials. The revised online curriculum has modules for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and grade 1, grades 2-3, grades 4-5, and grades 6-8.


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National Children's Oral Health Foundation. 2016. #MySmileMatters national youth engagement plan. Charlotte, NC: National Children's Oral Health Foundation, 11 pp

National Children's Oral Health Foundation
4108 Park Road, Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28209

Telephone: (704) 350-1600
Secondary Telephone: (800) 559-9838
Fax: (704) 350-1333
E-mail: info@ncohf.org
Website: http://www.ncohf.org
Available from the website.

This document presents a model for helping adolescents and adults integrate oral health advocacy, learning, and teaching opportunities into their schools and communities. Contents include activities to increase oral health literacy by changing beliefs, activities to change oral health habits by changing behavior, and activities to affect whole populations by changing the environment. The plan also outlines steps for adolescents and youth groups to become members of the #MySmileMatters Youth Movement, a national initiative to engage adolescents in oral health and wellness.

     

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