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Oral Health and School Readiness and Performance

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Key Facts

Did you know? Children with poor oral health are more likely than those with good oral health to experience oral pain, miss school, and perform poorly in school.

OHRC Publications

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Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2011. Strategies to improve collaboration between state oral health programs and Head Start state collaboration offices. Sparks, NV: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors; Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 4 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This tip sheet is designed to assist state oral health program (SOHP) and the Head Start state collaboration office (HSSCO) directors and staff in enhancing collaboration with one another. It discusses how the relationship between SOHPs and HSSCOs has developed to date and outcomes of collaboration. It also provides recommendations for further collaboration. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Bertness J, Holt K, eds. 2012. Oral health in Head Start: A resource guide (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 32 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This guide describes resources to help professionals working in states and communities in planning, developing, and implementing efforts to ensure that pregnant women, infants, and children enrolled in Head Start receive optimal oral health services. The guide is divided into three sections. The first section lists journal articles appearing in the peer-reviewed literature from January 2007 to 2011. The second section describes materials published from 2007 to 2011, including brochures, fact sheets, directories, guides, kits, papers, reports, and multimedia. The third section lists federal agencies, resource centers, and national professional associations that may serve as resources. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Bertness J, Holt K, eds. 2013. Promoting oral health in young children: A resource guide. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 42 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This document is designed to help health professionals, program administrators, educators, researchers, policymakers, parents, and others prevent disease and promote oral health in infants and young children from birth through age 5. The guide lists journal articles appearing in the peer-reviewed literature; materials such as brochures, fact sheets, guidelines, curricula, and reports; and federal agencies, national professional associations, resource centers, and national coalitions. Topics include data, Maternal and Child Health Bureau–funded projects, policy, professional-client tools, professional development, program development, and public education. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Casamassimo P, Holt K, eds. 2016. Bright Futures: Oral health—Pocket guide (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 90 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This pocket guide offers health professionals an overview of preventive oral health supervision for five periods—pregnancy and postpartum, infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. The pocket guide is designed to help health professionals implement specific oral health guidelines during these periods. For each period, information about family preparation, risk assessment, interview questions, screening, examination, preventive procedures, anticipatory guidance, measurable outcomes, and referrals are discussed. The content aligns with Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents (4th ed.). [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Lowe E, Holt K. 2016. Be an oral health champion. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 4 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This booklet was developed to help Head Start and child care program staff become aware of problems young children with poor oral health may experience. Contents include ideas for promoting oral health and preventing oral disease. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2010. Open wide: Oral health training for health professionals. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 1 v

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This curriculum is designed to help health and early childhood professionals working in community settings (e.g., Head Start, home visiting, WIC staff) promote oral health in the course of promoting general health for infants, children, and their families. Topics include tooth decay, risk factors, and prevention; oral health risk assessment and oral health screening; and anticipatory guidance for parents. Each of the four modules includes an overview, learning objectives, key points, a post-test, and resources. A glossary and a list of presentations, print materials, and videotapes are also presented. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2016. Head Start oral health curricula: Choose and use [upd. ed.]. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, multiple items

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This guide provides information about oral-health-related curricula appropriate for use in Early Head Start and Head Start programs. Users can search by audience, topics, and availability to find the curriculum that best fits their needs. A matrix to view all the curricula at a glance is also available from the website. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

     


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This section contains recent materials, not including OHRC-produced materials.


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Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board. 2016. Taking a bite out of school absences: Children's oral health report 2016. Phoenix, AZ: Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board, 122 pp

Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board
4000 North Central Avenue, Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Website: http://azftf.gov
Available from the website.

This report presents survey results on the prevalence and severity of tooth decay in students in kindergarten in public schools in Arizona. Contents include information about tooth decay and the impact of poor oral health on children, families, and society, with an emphasis on the relationship between oral health and academic achievement. The survey results are presented by domain, including prevalence of decay experience, untreated decay, pain and infection, annual dental visits, and insurance coverage. Comparisons to previous statewide surveys, benchmarks and national data, and regional and county highlights are provided. The appendices contain school-readiness indicators, a screening form and parent/caregiver questionnaire, and child demographic characteristics. [Survey funded in part by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Oral Health Program. 2011. School Readiness Initiative: Connecting oral health and school readiness. Helena, MT: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, 4 pp

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Oral Health Program
111 North Sanders Street
Helena, MT 59620

Telephone: (406) 444-5622
Website: http://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/oralhealth
Available from the website.

This document describes a statewide initiative to address the physical well-being and language development domains of school readiness by providing oral health education and outreach to young children and their families residing in Montana communities. Topics include results from a community-based survey to assess parents' perceptions, attitudes, and opinions about oral health. Additional topics include how the results are being used, what parents and caregivers can do to ensure good oral health for children, tips on toothbrushing, and a list of Montana resources.


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National Center on Health. 2014. Making the link between health and school readiness. [Elk Grove Village, IL]: National Center on Health, 41 pp

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
Telephone: (866) 763-6481
Website: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc
Available from the website.

This tool describes the link between health and school readiness to help Head Start programs design school-readiness goals that incorporate health strategies, including oral health strategies. Topics include how program leaders can use the tool, links between health and the Child Development and Early Learning Framework domains, other school readiness goals, and health services that impact school readiness.


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West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Early Learning. [2015]. West Virginia school readiness profile 2014. [Charleston, WV]: West Virginia Department of Education, 134 pp

West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Early Learning
Building 6, Room 603 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305-0330

Telephone: (304) 558-9994
Fax: (304) 558-1834
Website: http://wvde.state.wv.us/oel
Available from the website.

This report details the types of programmatic and child outcome data available to county collaborative early childhood teams to assist them in establishing school-readiness goals. Contents include kindergarten-entry health data, including oral health data. Potential uses for the data are discussed.

     

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Selected Websites

Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems

National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness

Rhode Island Department of Education

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education


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