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Phipps K. 2012. Every smile counts: The oral health of Connecticut's children [upd. ed.]. Hartford, CT: Connecticut Department of Public Health, Office of Oral Health, 33 pp.

Connecticut Department of Public Health, Office of Oral Health
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308

Telephone: (860) 509-7382
Fax: (860) 509-7853
E-mail: linda.ferraro@ct.gov
Website: http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3125&q=388844&dphNav_GID=1601
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This report presents findings from an oral health screening survey of children enrolled in Head Start and students in kindergarten and third grade in Connecticut. Contents include information on the importance of oral health, key findings and strategies, survey methods, and data tables. Data are compared to national averages. Topics include tooth decay experience, untreated decay, rampant decay, need for care, and dental sealants.


Michigan Oral Health Coalition. 2012. Kindergarten round-up oral health assessment: Clare public schools and Harrison community schools. Lansing, MI: Michigan Oral Health Coalition, 6 pp.

Michigan Oral Health Coalition
106 W. Allegan Street, Suite 310
Lansing, MI 48933

Telephone: (517) 827-0466
Fax: (517) 381-8008
Website: http://www.mohc.org
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This report presents findings on oral health among children entering kindergarten in two Michigan school districts. Contents include key findings from oral health screenings conducted by dental hygienists and parent assessment. The report provides information about early childhood caries, treatment urgency, white spot lesions, teeth with untreated decay, treated teeth, and primary teeth by school district, insurance status, and gender.


Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures. 2012. Brushy Brushalotamus in Your Classroom: Teacher's guide for pre-K programs. New York, NY: Colgate-Palmolive Company, 12 pp, (Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures series).

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

Telephone: (800) 468-6502
Secondary Telephone: (212) 310-2000
Website: http://www.colgate.com/app/BrightSmilesBrightFutures/US/EN/HomePage.cvsp
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This guide for early childhood educators focuses on oral health in young children. The activities in the guide were developed in accordance with the skill areas and child outcomes contained within the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework. Contents include five lesson plans, a coloring page, a maze, and a family pledge and certificate. Topics include toothbrushing with fluoridated toothpaste, eating healthy snacks, and visiting the dentist regularly. Additional resources are available.


Funk B, Gessner BD, eds. 2010. High prevalence of early childhood caries, Alaska, 2005 and 2007. Juneau, AK: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, 1 p, (State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin no. 4).

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
350 Main Street, Room 404 P.O. Box 110601
Juneau, AK 99811-0601

Telephone: (907) 465-3030
Fax: (907) 465-3068
Website: http://dhss.alaska.gov/Pages/default.aspx
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This bulletin presents findings from oral health screenings of students in kindergarten and children enrolled in Head Start in Alaska. The report is based on screenings conducted by dentists using the Basic Screening Survey protocol to collect observational data on dental caries. Contents include background information on dental caries, screening methods and results, and recommendations. Data on the prevalence of caries experience and untreated caries by Medicaid and Alaska Native status are also presented.


California Dental Association. 2006–. Kindergarten oral health requirement (upd. ed.). Sacramento, CA: California Dental Association, multiple items.

California Dental Association
1201 K Street, 14th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (800) 232-7645
E-mail: contactcda@cda.org
Website: http://www.cda.org
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This resource provides information on state legislation that requires an oral health assessment for children entering public school for the first time (at kindergarten or first grade). It contains information about the Kindergarten Dental Checkup Campaign, information for specific audiences (oral health professionals, parents and guardians, schools, and clinics), materials for children’s oral health, and information about finding oral health care. State-required assessment forms (parent letter and waiver) are also available in English, Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, German, Hmong, Japanese, Khmer (Cambodian) Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.


Dental Health Foundation. 2006. "Mommy, it hurts to chew:" The California Smile Survey—An oral health assessment of California's kindergarten and 3rd grade children. [Oakland, CA]: Dental Health Foundation, 28 pp.

Center for Oral Health
309 East Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766-1854

Telephone: (909) 469-8300
Fax: (510) 380-6637
E-mail: info@tc4oh.org
Website: http://www.centerfororalhealth.org
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This brief presents findings of an oral health screening of children in 186 elementary schools in California conducted in 2005. The brief describes the methods used in the screenings, key findings, and recommendations on developing a broadbased approach for reducing the impact of oral disease on children and their families. The recommendations section describes issues and suggests actions in the areas of developing a comprehensive oral health surveillance system, eliminating barriers to care, and preventing tooth decay.


Phipps K. 2004. Colorado oral health survey: 2003-2004 school year–Preliminary results. [Jefferson City, MO: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors], 32 pp.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Oral Health Unit
4300 Cherry Creek Drive, South
Denver, CO 80246

Telephone: (303) 692-2000
Secondary Telephone: (800) 886-7689
E-mail: cdphe.information@state.co.us
Website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/categories/services-and-information/health/prevention-and-wellness/oral-health
Available from the website.

This report provides information from a statewide oral health survey of kindergarten and third-grade children enrolled in Colorado's public elementary schools. The survey was conducted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment during the 2003–2004 school year. Survey topics include (1) demographics such as age, gender, race, and ethnicity; (2) dental caries experience; (3) untreated decay; and (4) treatment urgency. The report includes a summary of key findings, a discussion of the methods, and the results.


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