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February Is National Children’s Dental Health Month


Developing good oral health habits at an early age and visiting the dentist regularly helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Use the resources below to raise awareness about the importance of children’s oral health in your community. Find tips for supporting good oral health at home and in the classroom.

Resources to Share

Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®, a multicultural oral health education program developed for use in Head Start classrooms, is designed to reflect the Head Start Program Performances Standards and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five.

Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles, a handout series for pregnant women and parents of infants and children provides simple tips on oral health issues. The handouts are available in English and Spanish.

I Like My Teeth posters share positive messages Head Start and child care staff can use as teaching aids on the importance of drinking water with fluoride, brushing with fluoride toothpaste, and children’s oral health. The posters are available in English and Spanish.

Oral Health: Tips for Families offers ideas parents can use to promote good oral health, including brushing children’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste, avoiding sugary drinks and foods, and serving healthy meals and snacks.

Questions to Ask When Looking for a Dental Office provides a list of questions for parents to ask a dental office to decide whether to make an appointment.

More oral health resources from the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness and others can be found online at the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC).