Oral Health Education
Free literature for use in Missouri can be ordered by completing the following form:
All literature below can be downloaded and printed for public use with no copy restrictions:
- 5 Steps for a Healthy Smile (bookmark #102)
- Attention Parents & Guardians (poster #599)
- Baby Teeth are Important (card #189)
- Brushing Basics Activity Book (available in download only)
- Dental Guide For School Nurses (booklet #134)
- Dental Sealants Card (card #151)
- Dental Sealants Card, Know the Facts (card #133)
- Don’t forget to Brush (mirror cling #103)
- Healthy Smiles from the Start (brochure #463)
- Healthy Teeth and Gums (brochure #154)
- How Fluoride Works (poster #785)
- Mythbuster Sealants Poster (poster #158)
- Oral Health and Diet Bookmark (bookmark #157)
- Oral Health is Overall Health (rack card #101)
- Pregnancy and Oral Health (card #184)
- Protect Your Teeth (bookmark #635)
- Seal Out Tooth Decay, A Booklet for Parents (booklet #115)
- Show-Me Healthy Smile s for Healthy Life (rack card #96)
- Snacking Risk Card (available in download only)
- Sugary Drinks Risk Card (available in download only)
- Water Fluoridation Card, Know the Facts (card #138)
- We Need Dentists & Hygienists (poster #601)
Available Spanish versions:
- 5 Steps for a Healthy Smile (Spanish #518)
- Brushing Basics Activity Book (Spanish #130)
- Dental Sealants-Seal out Decay Brochure (Spanish #520)
- Don’t forget to Brush (mirror cling Spanish #519)
- Healthy Smiles from the Start (Spanish #464)
- How Fluoride Works (poster Spanish #756)
- Oral Health is Overall Health (Spanish #517)
- Show-Me Healthy Smiles for Healthy Life (Spanish #516)
Nutrition and Oral Health
Preventive Services Program
Education is also provided through the Preventive Services Program (PSP). PSP is dedicated to promoting healthy smiles for all of the children of Missouri through education and preventive treatment.
Oral Health Education Resources (Printable list of education resources)
- National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH) has FREE interactive curriculum for grades 1 and 2 on-line videos and paper copies at science.education.nih.gov/supplements/webversions/oral-health/default. Paper copies are also at www.in.gov/isdh/files/Open_Wide_Trek_Inside.pdf. NIH has other oral health literature for other age groups, also at catalog.nidcr.nih.gov/OrderPublications.
- National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center has many FREE fact sheets for professionals, parents, and teachers. A fact sheet describing fluoride varnish is available. This site also has a fact sheet titled, “When children’s oral health suffers, so does their ability to learn,” at www.mchoralhealth.org/PDFs/learningfactsheet.pdf.
- Mouth Healthy by American Dental Association (ADA) has online oral health games, printable activities, educational videos and much more at www.mouthhealthy.org.
- American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) has fact sheets for parents and children at www.adha.org/resources. Scroll down to ‘patient resources.’
- Proctor and Gamble (Crest toothpaste) has information for parents and children at www.dentalcare.com, and dental hygiene lesson plans for classrooms K-2nd grade teachers at www.dentalcare.com/en-us/patient-education/childrens-dental-health/lesson-plans/customize-lesson-plan.
- Kids Healthy Mouths has games, videos to view while brushing 2 minutes 2 times a day and other resources at 2min2x.org/watch-brush.
- Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) has created the video “Steps for Toothbrushing at the Table: Growing Healthy Smiles in Early Care and Education Programs” that shows how to model proper brushing to children in early childhood centers but can be adapted to the Elementary School setting.
Oral Health Education Activity Sheets
Land of Smiles
Land of Smiles is a fun, age-appropriate show that teaches children in kindergarten through third grade about good oral health care. Delta Dental has been providing the Land of Smiles program to schools since 2002 and has taught more than one million children in Missouri.In 2020, Delta Dental shifted the Land of Smiles program from a live show that visits schools to a virtual Land of Smiles experience for students due to COVID-19. They are following federal, state and county guidelines to determine when it is safe to resume the in-person show. Learn more at www.landofsmilesmo.org.
K-12 Narrated Oral Health Presentations (PowerPoint Presentations)
The Department of Health and Senior Services is pleased to be able to offer new oral health educational video (English-only) presentations designed specifically for Kindergarten through High School Seniors. The Spanish language PowerPoint presentations have not been narrated at this time, but are still good educational resources. The videos and PowerPoints can be downloaded free-of-charge by clicking on the grade(s) specific icons. The presentations can be used by school nurses, teachers, as well as other health care/child care professionals in conjunction with health curriculum.
Kindergarten narrated oral health presentation, updated 11/2020
Grade 1 narrated oral health presentation, updated 11/2020
Grade 2 narrated oral health presentation, updated 11/2020
Grade 3 narrated oral health presentation, updated 11/2020
Grade 4 narrated oral health presentation, updated 11/2020
Grade 5 narrated oral health presentation, updated 11/2020
Grades 6-8 narrated oral health presentation, updated 11/2020
Grades 9-12 narrated oral health presentation, updated 11/2020
Full Playlist of narrated oral health presentations K-12