- Help programs develop and implement oral health policies and procedures that include care of infant’s oral
health, infants who are teething, daily tooth brushing in the classroom, preventing injury in the classroom,
and preventing tooth decay
- Review nutrition and food service policies and procedures to ensure they promote good oral health, such as
proper use of bottles for feeding infants and limiting sugar-sweetened foods and beverages
- Educate staff about the link between children’s oral health and development and the importance of
- Help staff understand how to identify oral health concerns in children
- Ensure staff are prepared to respond to dental emergencies
- Ensure staff are able to connect families to community resources that provide oral health services,
including fluoride varnish and other prevention strategies, as needed
- Help programs access oral health educational materials for families
Featured Initiatives and Resources
- Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
Oral health resources from the US Department of Health and Services’ Administration for Children and Families.
- National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
A national center serving the maternal and child health community with high-quality oral health technical assistance, training, and resources.
- NC Division of Public Health, Oral Health Section, Calling All Smile Crusaders! Education Program
A program designed to prevent early childhood tooth decay in North Carolina by educating and informing audiences about early childhood oral health issues and best practices.