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Oral health educational trainings and resources
For healthcare workers, promotores, and early childhood educators


“Open Wide” training for health and early childhood professionals, from National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center

  • Click here to access the Open Wide training
  • Open Wide is a series of 4 self-paced modules designed to help professionals working in programs (e.g., Head Start, home visiting, WIC) promote oral health in the course of promoting general health for children from birth to age 6 and their families. After completing the modules, you can register for free to take the post-tests to receive a certificate of completion.
  • This curriculum offers early childhood professionals information to help them prevent tooth decay, which still afflicts many children, especially children from families with low incomes, children from certain racial and ethnic groups, and children with special health care needs.
  • The modules present professionals with information about tooth decay, risk factors, and prevention; explain how to perform an oral health risk assessment and screening; and highlight anticipatory guidance to share with parents.

“Brush Up on Oral Health” Tip Sheets for Head Start professionals

  • Click here to access the Brush Up on Oral Health tip sheets
  • Head Start staff can use this series of tip sheets to support the oral health of children and pregnant people enrolled in Head Start programs and their families.
  • The tip sheets include up-to-date practices and practical tips to promote good oral health. Health and social service professionals interested in improving the oral health of children and pregnant people enrolled in Head Start and their families may also find Brush Up on Oral Health tip sheets helpful.

American Academy of Pediatrics Oral Health Campaign Toolkit for health professionals 

  • Click here to download the toolkit in multiple languages
  • This toolkit contains materials for both patient outreach and education around oral health as well as clinical resources to help integrate oral health into your practice.
  • The toolkit has posters, infographics, a brochure, dental referral forms, a conversation guide, an oral health screener, a sample integration workflow and videos.

American Academy of Pediatrics “Brush, Book, Bed” messaging and resources for healthcare professionals and educators 

Click here for more information about the simple 3 step nighttime routine messaging for parents/ caregivers. Click here for “Brush, Book, Bed” posters, handouts, stickers, and bookmarks.

1. Each night, help your children to brush their teeth.

2. Read a favorite book (or two)! Click here for books about oral health in English and Spanish.

3. Get to bed at a regular time each night.

American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile educational packets for dental, medical, and educational professionals 

  • Click here for tip sheets, infographics, and activity pages with key oral health messages in English and Spanish for families, customized for educators, dental, and medical professionals.

Bright Futures: Oral Health—Pocket Guide, 3rd edition for health professionals

  • Click hereto view and download / print the pocket guide
  • The pocket guide provides health professionals (including dentists, dental hygienists, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, and others) with an overview of preventive oral health supervision and includes information about risk assessment, a tooth eruption chart, a dietary fluoride supplementation schedule, a glossary, and a list of resources.
  • The pocket guide was developed by Paul Casamassimo and Katrina Holt and produced by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.