Community Education

State public health dental hygienists provide oral health education and training programs that include videos, interactive demonstrations, and printed educational materials. Instruction covers dental disease prevention, oral hygiene practices, dental injury prevention and professional dental care practices. Programs are targeted toward all age groups with a focus on vulnerable populations, such as young children, the frail elderly and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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 Educational Materials

 Basic Oral Health

Plaque & Gum Disease
What is Dental Plaque? https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/p/plaque
Video and information about dental plaque.
(Ages 3 - Adult)

Gum Disease
Click here to review the types of gum diseases, risk factors, symptoms and much more: https://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease.htm
(Adult)

Oral Hygiene
How to Brush Your Teeth: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/~/media/MouthHealthy/Files/Kids_Section/ADAHowToBrush_Eng.pdf?la=en
Video: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/b/brushing-your-teeth
(Ages 3 - Adult)

How to Floss: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/~/media/MouthHealthy/Files/Kids_Section/ADAHowToFloss_Eng.pdf?la=en
Video: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/f/flossing
Information sheet and video demonstrating recommended technique for flossing.
(Ages 3 - Adult)

Safety and First Aid
Dental Emergencies
Information detailing common dental emergencies and how to deal with them:
https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/dental-emergencies
(Ages 5 - Adult)

Mouthguards
Do I have to wear a mouthguard? https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/mouthguard-quiz
Online activity to determine when wearing a mouthguard is recommended.

Mouthguards: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/m/mouthguards
Information regarding when to wear a mouth guard, types of mouth guards, and mouth guard care and replacement.
(Ages 3 - 6)

Nutrition
Rethink Your Drink Campaign: https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/nutrition/pdf/rethink_your_drink.pdf
This link provides education on identifying healthy drinks and the link between consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks and health risks. A curriculum is also provided for high school students.

 Fluoride

Benefits of Silver Diamine Fluoride: https://toothtalk.org/baby-teeth/tooth-talk-expert-lists-benefits-of-silver-diamine-fluoride-sdf/
The benefits, safety, and side effects of silver diamine fluoride.

Silver Diamine Fluoride video: https://toothtalk.org/?s=SDF
How silver diamine fluoride is applied by dental professionals.

Community Water Fluoridation Questions and Answers: https://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/faqs/index.htm
Answers to commonly asked questions about community water fluoridation.

Is Fluoride Safe?: https://ilikemyteeth.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Is-Fluoride-Dangerous-What-Do-Critics-Say.pdf
Get Your FREE Apps on Fluoride Toothpaste Amounts Here: https://toothtalk.org/free-apps/

 Early Childhood Oral Health

Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles Handouts: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/oral-health/article/healthy-habits-happy-smiles
This series of handouts describe a variety of oral health tips for infants and young children. Pregnant women and parents of infants and young children.

Baby Oral Health Program (bOHP) website: https://www.babyoralhealthprogram.org/
For mothers and health care professionals.

Find Medicaid or CHIP Dental Providers in NC: https://www.insurekidsnow.gov/coverage/nc/find-a-dentist/index.html

Brushing is Fun: How to Brush Young Children's Teeth Video (English): http://toothtalk.org/portfolio-view/brushing-is-fun-how-to-brush-young-childrens-teeth/

Brushing is Fun: How to Brush Young Children's Teeth Video (Spanish): http://toothtalk.org/portfolio-view/el-cepillado-es-divertido-como-cepillar-los-dientes-de-los-ninos-pequenos/

 Youth Oral Health

Dental Sealants FAQs: https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/dental_sealant_program/sealants-FAQ.htm
Answers to commonly asked questions about dental sealants.

 Adult Oral Health

 Perinatal Oral Health

Prenatal Oral Health Program (pOHP): http://www.prenataloralhealth.org/index.php

Baby Oral Health Program (bOHP): https://www.babyoralhealthprogram.org/

Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: North Carolina Collaborative Practice Framework: https://publichealth.nc.gov/oralhealth/docs/NCOH-PracticeGuidelines-Revised120618-WEB.PDF

Perinatal Oral Health Tip Sheet:
https://www.mchoralhealth.org/PDFs/OralHealthPregnancyHandout.pdf (English)
https://www.mchoralhealth.org/PDFs/OralHealthPregnancyHandout_sp.pdf (Spanish)

Dental Care During Pregnancy Poster:
https://www.aap.org/en-us/Documents/Dental_Care_During_Pregnancy.pdf

Caring for Your Baby's Teeth:
https://www.adha.org/resources-docs/Infant_Oral_Health_Infographic_English.pdf

North Carolina Women's and Children's Health Section
The Women's Health Branch offers services that protect the health and well-being of women during and beyond their child-bearing years. These services include programs for before, during and after delivery of their baby, and for the infants as well. The Branch develops medical guidance for health care providers and offers technical assistance, consultation and training for staff who provide health services to women in the areas of nutrition, nursing, social work, education, and training. These programs and services improve the overall health status of women, increase planned pregnancies, reduce infant sickness and death, and strengthen families and communities. Contact your local health department for more information about availability of these services.

Click here for the North Carolina Women's and Children's Health Section's website:
https://whb.ncpublichealth.com/services.htm

Last Modified: July 13, 2020