Oral Health Resources

Home visitors can play an important role in promoting oral health among the children and families they serve.

  • Home visits are ideal for sharing ways to promote good oral health. Home visitors can help pregnant women and parents learn about healthy eating and oral hygiene practices, advise them on how to find a dentist and schedule appointments, and provide them with helpful resources.
  • Home visits provide a good opportunity to learn what pregnant women and parents know about oral health and to find out more about their own hygiene practices, for themselves and/or their children. The home visitor can ask what oral health questions the family has, and discuss information together that may be confusing. This helps home visitors tailor the oral health conversation to best meet each family’s individual needs.
  • Sharing information about oral health with pregnant women and parents teaches them that a healthy mouth is important. A woman who eats healthy foods, takes care of her mouth, and gets a dental checkup when she is pregnant is more likely to stay healthy and have a healthy baby. A child whose teeth are brushed twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, who is fed healthy foods and drinks during regularly scheduled meals and snacks, and who is taken for dental checkups is more likely to stay healthy, too.
  • Home visitors can also help pregnant women and parents set one or two realistic goals and develop simple strategies to increase the family’s chances of success

Resources to Share with Pregnant Women and Parents of Young Children

Home visitors can share these educational materials with pregnant women and with parents of young children to help them achieve their goals:

Resources to Share with Pregnant Women

  • Taking Care of Your Oral Health When You Are Pregnant, a Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles handout developed by the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness, is available in English and Spanish
  • Tips for Good Oral Health During Pregnancy, from the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, is available in ArabicChineseEnglishKoreanPortugueseRussianSpanish, and Vietnamese
  • Two Healthy Smiles: Tips to Keep You and Your Baby Healthy, from the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, is available in English and Spanish)

Resources to Share with Parents

  • Find a Dentist for Your Kid: This search tool identifies dental offices and clinics that accept Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program. For each office or clinic, the tool shows whether new patients are accepted. The tool also shows services for children with special health care needs, languages spoken, and dental specialties (e.g., orthodontists, pediatric dentistry). https://www.insurekidsnow.gov
  • Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles is a series of handouts developed by the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness to provide simple tips on oral health issues. The handouts are available in English and Spanish and include the following titles:
  • Two additional resources from the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness:
    • Oral Health Tips for Families (English and Spanish)
    • Questions to Ask When Looking for a Dentist (English)

The Georgia Department of Public Health's Oral Health Program makes every effort to promote and implement preventive measures for all Georgia's citizens to combat oral diseases.  The Oral Health Program offers the Parent's Guide to Georgia Oral Health and an overview of the Georgia Oral Health Prevention Program.