Oral Health Resources

Bright Futures Toolbox

Bright Futures is a national disease prevention and health promotion initiative funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. This toolbox contains resources for promoting and improving the oral health of infants, children and adolescents, and includes information on how to develop and implement oral health programs.

California Mobile Dental Provider Guidelines

This information kit, jointly developed by a group of oral health and education professionals, is designed to assist schools and school districts that are approached by mobile or portable dental providers. The information kit includes a one-page overview of issues to consider, a more detailed set of guidelines, and a sample memorandum of understanding. This information kit is not intended to lead schools/districts to a particular decision; rather, it is intended to give decision-makers some tools and ideas to help make the best choice for a particular situation.

Clinical Guideline on Fluoride Therapy

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry provides fluoride guidelines to help practitioners and parents/caregivers make decisions about the appropriate use of fluoride as part of the comprehensive oral health care of infants, children, adolescents, and persons with special health care needs.

Center for Oral Health Program: WIC Early Entry into Dental Care

The purpose of the WIC: Early Entry into Dental Care is to increase the number of at-risk young children who receive preventive dental services and access early dental care, and to ensure that families have information about diet and proper brushing practices. The program, run by the Center for Oral Health, uses WIC centers as the service delivery point. (WIC provides food and nutrition education to low-income pregnant and parenting woman and their children.)

Health Professional’s Guide to Pediatric Oral Health Management

This Guide to Pediatric Oral Health Management, from the National Maternal and Child Health Oral Health Resource Center, assists health professionals in performing oral screenings to identify infants and children at increased risk for oral health problems, as well as in offering referrals and providing parents with anticipatory guidance.

Oral Health Study Module for Health and Early Childhood Professionals

Open Wide: Oral Health Training for Health Professionals is a series of four online modules designed to help health and early childhood professionals working in community settings promote oral health. Topics include tooth decay, risk factors for tooth decay, and prevention of tooth decay; oral health risk assessment and oral health screening; and anticipatory guidance for parents. The modules were prepared by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center and the Center for the Advancement of Distance Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Oral Health Resource Bulletin

The Oral Health Resource Bulletin, which is updated periodically, is designed for health professionals, program administrators, and policymakers working to improve the oral health of infants, children, adolescents, and families.

Resources from the National School-Based Health Alliance

The National School-Based Health Alliance is proud to announce the release of two school oral health-related white papers, “School Oral Health: An Organizational Framework to Improve Outcomes for Children and Adolescents” and “Confronting the Consent Conundrum: Lessons from a School Oral Health Learning Community.” These documents were co-produced by the School-Based Health Alliance and the Oral Health 2020 Network.

Resources for Promoting Oral Health Among Infants, Children and Adolescents

This knowledge path, compiled by the National Maternal and Child Health Oral Health Resource Center and the Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University, directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at improving access to oral health care and the quality of oral health for infants, children, adolescents, and pregnant women. The knowledge path can be used to learn more about oral health, develop programs, locate training resources, and answer specific questions. Separate sections present resources for families, schools, and child care and Head Start programs as well as resources about dental caries, dental sealants, fluoride varnish, pregnancy, and special health care needs.