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Early Childhood Oral Health

ASTDD Dental Public Health Resource Statements Related to Early Childhood

ASTDD develops and adopts a variety of documents including white papers, issue briefs and other dental public health resources statements to reflect the Association's priorities and stance on dental public health issues. These documents contain statements that may include recommendations, strategies, and/or information to assist decision makers (such as healthcare providers, federal, state or private agencies, employers, public health officials, or the public) in choosing between alternative courses of action in specific situations.

Early Childhood Oral Health Committee Select Presentations and Publications

  • Oral Health Educational Resources for Home Visitors and Families: Environmental Scan (2018 Update) The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors Early Childhood Oral Health Committee, Home Visiting Subcommittee, conducted an environmental scan to identify oral health educational resources for home visitors and the families they serve. The environmental scan also addresses gaps in existing oral health resources and opportunities to promote oral health in home visiting programs.
  • Opportunities for Collaboration between State Oral Health and Maternal and Child Health Programs to Improve Early Childhood Oral Health
    This issue brief is intended to help maternal and child health program directors and staff, state oral health program directors and staff, and others improve oral health within the MCH population by better integrating oral health activities and information into state MCH Early Childhood Programs. (2011)
  • Oral Health in Home Visiting Programs: A Perfect Opportunity
    This workshop, using an interactive case-based approach, illustrated how to integrate oral health into home visiting programs utilizing trigger questions and behavior change techniques such as motivational interviewing. Facilitators from the Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin and the Kansas Head Start Association shared lessons learned and led participants through role-playing, sample activities, and open dialogue. Presented at the National Oral Health Conference. (2014)
  • What's in Your Toolkit? Changing the Oral Health Conversations with Families
    This workshop focused on using motivational interviewing techniques to guide and support families in identifying goals and developing strategies to adopt good oral health behaviors. Facilitators from three states used multimedia to guide participants through a variety of interactive activities for effective oral health communication and identified opportunities for participants to use these skills with families in their communities. Presented at the National Oral Health Conference. (2016)

National Center on Health/National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness

In 2011, the Administration for Children and Families' (ACF's) Office of Head Start (OHS), launched the National Center on Health (NCH) through a cooperative agreement awarded to the American Academy of Pediatrics working in partnership with key national organizations. The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) was the project lead for oral health activities, working in collaboration with ASTDD. In 2015, ACF's OHS and Office of Child Care and the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau established the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW). ASTDD, in particular EC, works in collaboration with OHRC to support NCECHW's oral health activities.

The NCECHW's oral health team, led by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) at Georgetown University, in partnership with ASTDD, implemented activities based on five major categories and goals. This report highlights some of the outputs and outcomes achieved under each of the five goals for the 5-year funding period, 2015–2020.

  • Dental Hygienist Liaisons Webpage

    NCECHW, in collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA), is working to improve the oral health of pregnant women, infants, and children enrolled in Head Start and child care programs. ADHA has identified a dental hygienist liaison (DHL) in every state and the District of Columbia to provide a communication link between NCECHW and Head Start and child care programs. In addition, DHLs collaborate with state organizations and ongoing networks to address oral health education, disease prevention, and access-to-care issues.

  • Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center Oral Health Portal

    The website is a central repository for materials for Head Start and child care staff and others who work to support health and wellness for pregnant women and children enrolled in these programs. The oral health webpage provides materials related to (1) oral health assessment, follow-up, and treatment; (2) oral health materials for staff; (3) oral health materials for families; (4) oral health policies and procedures; and (5) 1302.43 oral health practices.

Select Publications Posted to ECLKC

NCECHW Select Presentation

NCECHW Publications

Other Resources

  • American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Children's Oral Health

    The American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP's) Section on Oral Health is a group of pediatric dentists, pediatricians, and other allied health professionals interested in learning about and improving children's oral health through collaborative efforts. The section focuses on educating pediatricians through multiple forums, advocating for children's oral health, and improving relationships and communication between dental homes and medical homes.

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)

    The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is the recognized authority on children's oral health. As advocates for children's oral health, the AAPD promotes evidence-based policies and clinical guidelines; educates and informs policymakers, parents and guardians, and other health care professionals; fosters research; and provides continuing professional education for pediatric dentists and general dentists who treat children.

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provides guidance to states administering Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The agency also provides information and services for beneficiaries and health professionals, including information on oral health benefits for children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP.

  • Centers for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health

    The Centers for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health, which is funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, operate out of Boston University, the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Florida , and the University of Washington. At these centers, teams of investigators from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, in partnership with communities, conduct research on dental caries and oral/pharyngeal cancer. More information about the centers is available at each center's individual website.

  • Child Care Aware

    Child Care Aware serves as a hub of child care information for parents and child care providers. Child Care Aware provides families with information about the elements of high-quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities and provides child care providers with access to resources. Child Care Aware also offers a toll-free referral line that parents and providers can call to get information as well as referrals to local child care resource and referral agencies.

  • Child Care Resources Inc

    Child Care Resources Inc. (CCRI) is a child care resource and referral agency that works to deliver information, education, and support to help families select high-quality early learning and school-age child care services; promote early learning and school-age child care program excellence; increase families' ability to afford high-quality early learning and school-age child care services and increase the capacity of child care programs to serve children well; and advance policy and public support for accessible, affordable, and improved early learning and school-age child care services.

  • Children's Dental Health Project

    The Children's Dental Health Project (CDHP) works to improve oral health for children and families by identifying and advancing innovative and cost-effective methods to combat poor oral health in children. CDHP promotes strategies grounded in research and, when evidence is lacking, leads efforts to learn more and explore new approaches. CDHP works with policymakers and oral health advocates to strengthen tooth-decay-prevention efforts; increase the number of children with dental coverage, build states' capacity to improve oral health, and increase public awareness about good oral health behaviors.

  • Early Childhood Caries Resource Center

    The Early Childhood Caries (ECC) Resource Center serves as a centralized clearinghouse of information about ECC. The resource center provides information to clinicians, researchers, educators, public health workers, policymakers, consumers, students, and the interprofessional audience with the goal of advancing science, treatment, and programs related to ECC.

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children

    The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all infants and young children, from birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. NYAEC strives to support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of infants and young children in support of a collective vision: that all infants and young children can thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.

  • National Head Start Association

    The National Head Start Association (NHSA) works for policy and institutional changes that ensure that all vulnerable children and families have what they need to succeed. NHSA's mission is to coalesce, inspire, and support the Head Start field as a leader in early childhood development and education.

  • World Health Organization

    WHO Report of Expert Consultation on ECC
    The WHO Expert Consultation on Public Health Intervention against Early Childhood Caries (ECC) was held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 26-28 January 2016 to explore possible public health solutions to ECC and consider actions to ensure that future generations of children have better oral health and quality of life worldwide.

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center

The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center responds to the needs of professionals working in states and communities with the goal of improving oral health services for pregnant women, infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special health care needs, and their families. The resource center supports health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, and others, particularly those working in or with state maternal and child health (MCH) programs. The resource center gathers, develops, and shares information and materials to promote sustainable oral health services for the MCH population.

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) is an association of family medicine educators including medical school professors, preceptors, residency program faculty, residency program directors, and others involved in family medicine education. STFM strives to advance family medicine to improve health through a community of teachers and scholars.

Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum