Oral Health Promotion for Infants, Preschool and School Children
On this page:
- Oral Health for Children -NT Health
- Toothbrushing Information Manual - NT Department of Health
- Children's Oral Health Pages - Dental Health Services Victoria
- Children's Oral Health Pages - New South Wales Department of Health
- Children's Oral Health Pages - ACT Health
- Children's Oral Health Pages - Queensland Government
- Dental Practice Education Research Unit
- Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures
- Let's Talk Baby Teeth - Australian Dental Association
- Division of Oral Health -US National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
- Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum
- Tooth Tutor - Washington State Department of Health
- Healthy Smile, Healthy Child - New Zealand Dental Association and Ministry of Health
- Caries Risk Assessment, DEPRU, The Australian Research Centre of Population Oral Health
Information for the Oral Health of Children (including early childhood)- NT Health
NT Health has provided a variety of resources for children, parents, carers and teachers about the oral health care of children. Their are posters to teach school children about healthy diet, how to brush their teeth, how to avoid decay and other topics, it also includes colouring in and puzzle books, flyers and stickers. There are also fact sheets for parents to help inform them to make the best decisions for their children's oral health.
The Early Childhood Oral Health book (follow the link above) has been designed to be used to tell the story of how to care for children's teeth and mouth from birth onwards. Use the 'no images' version to place photos from your local community in the blank bubbles provided to personalise the resource.
There are multiple resources available here including booklets, posters and brochures aimed at parents, children and communities.
This NT Toothbrushing Manual provided valuable information, dos and don'ts and tips on toothbrushing especially for children for use by both practitioners, parents, caregivers and general public.
In 2003 Dental Health Services Victoria published Oral Health Promotion: A Resource Pack for Children's Services to assist in promoting oral health for children aged 0-6 years old.
In 2004 DHSV published Teeth: Oral Health Information for Maternal and Child Health Nurses to assist maternal and child health nurses promote oral health, prevent disease, detect diseases early and provide interventions for children with oral diseases.
In 2005 DHSV published The Mouth: Oral Health Information for Primary School Nurses to promote oral health for primary school children.
Various facts sheets and tip cards are available from the DHSV website relating to the oral health promotion of children.
Posters: Eat Well, Drink well and Clean well were produced to display in centres, schools, dental clinics, waiting areas or during oral health presentations and forums
Smiles for Miles - is a program aimed at pre-school aged children.
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The Centre for Oral Health Strategy of the NSW Department of Health publishes information for children's oral health promotion. These publications include pamphlets and policy directives: Pre-natal; Pre-schoolers; School aged children; Teenagers & young adults
Early Childhood Oral Health (ECOH) Guideline for Child Health Professionals
Published in 2009, the aims of the ECOH Guidelines are to improve the health and wellbeing of children in NSW by integrating oral health into general health interventions provided by Child Health Professionals. The Guidelines add value to the Personal Health Record which includes basic oral health information for parents.
Lift the Lip Poster
Lift the Lipis an educational resource to complement the Early Childhood Oral Health Guidelines for Child Health Professionals (Guidelines) which aims to improve the health and well-being of children in NSW by integrating oral health into 'general' health interventions provided by Child Health Professionals.
ACT Health has produced two information sheets as a resource for parents and oral health promoters.
First Smiles: Tooth Development and Teething - This article provides an introduction to children's dental development and coping mechanisms for baby teething
First Smiles: Start Early and Prevent Dental Decay - A discussion of dental decay is presented in an easy-to-read format with some tips on preventing early-onset tooth decay.
*Documents no longer available.
The Queensland Health Happy Teeth Program produces information (including the links below) and other resources such as a CD (Songs and Rhymes), and a Healthy Teeth for Life – DVD.
A general information sheet called 'taking care of your babies teeth' is available and other useful resources such as:
- Brushing your Toddler's Teeth
- Drinks for Babies and Toddlers
- Preventing Infant Tooth Decay
- Teething -pamphlet
- Thumb-sucking and Dummies
- Your Child's First Dental Visit
- Timing of Baby and Adult Teeth
The Colgate Caries Control Program at The University of Adelaide includes Practice Information Sheets, Newsletters with Case Challenge, and Patient pamphlets on a range of topics including oral hygiene, caries control and periodontal disease.
Of particular relevance to infants, and preschool and school children are:
- Early Childhood Decay
- Beating Rampant Decay
- Dental sealants
- Whose teeth are at risk?
Practice Information Sheets:
- Strategies for caries management in general dental practice
- Caries concerns in ante and post natal care
- The challenges of rampant caries
- Sealants and caries control
- Continuing caries problems in specific community groups
- Fluorides and caries management
- Latest concepts of caries prevention -Planning for Prevention
- Current concept of caries - Nature, aetiology & clinical aspects of caries diagnosis
Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® is a global oral health education program aimed at improving the oral health of children around the world through education and prevention. It has quite a few articles on children's and toddler's oral health.
The Australian Dental Association's Let's Talk Baby Teeth has a series of dental health information available online or in pdf documents, including dental health tips for babies and toddlers, dental health tips for pre-schoolers, and dental health tips for primary schoolers.
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Oral Health provides information relating to children's oral health, including information about fluoride, caries control, and general oral health information for children.
The centre also provides paediatric oral health tips through their Brush Up on Healthy Teeth program.
Smiles for Life: A Nation Oral Health Cirriculum is a comprehensive oral health curriculum from America. Developed by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Group on Oral Health and now in its third edition, this curriculum is designed to enhance the role of primary care clinicians in the promotion of oral health for all age groups through the development and dissemination of high-quality educational resources.
Modules include: the relationship between oral and general health, child oral health, adult oral health, acute dental problems, oral health in pregnancy, fluoride varnish and the oral examination.
The Washington State Department of Health's Oral health program has published a curriculum developed especially for the school environment to support the work of teachers, school nurses, and student instructors. Tooth Tutor provides simple and evidence-based information to promote oral health and enhance learning.
The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) in association with the Ministry of Health, NZ has developed the Healthy Smile, Healthy Child: Oral Health guide for Well Child Providers. 'Healthy Smile, Healthy Child' is a training curriculum and guide prepared for the New Zealand Well Child/Tamariki Ora Providers.
As a consequence of use of fluoride in public water supplies, dentifrices and professional products, improvement of oral hygiene practices as well as increased access to dental care, dental caries experience has declined in Australia. However, dental caries still remains one of the commonest chronic diseases in children. This special topic provides an overview of the importance of CRA for children, presenting the most important risk indicators and tools available to estimate caries risk.
The Caries Risk Assessment (CRA) for Children webpage has information pamphlets for parents and a Practice Information Sheet for practitioners.