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Healthy Smiles from the Start

New Prenatal and Postnatal Dental Care Education Toolkit Available Nationwide in 2014

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The Alliance of the American Dental Association (AADA), together with the American Dental Association (ADA) and Henry Schein Cares (HSC), launched Healthy Smiles from the Start, a new multifaceted prenatal and postnatal dental health care education program for mothers and caregivers of newborns. Created to address the nation's growing dental health issues during pregnancy and throughout early childhood, Healthy Smiles from the Start is engaging and helpful information - available in English and Spanish - about how and why to make mouth healthy habits a priority for everyone in the family.

Early childhood carries (ECC), also known as baby bottle tooth decay, is an epidemic in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one-third of children aged three-to-five years have dental cavities in at least one primary tooth. Yet, dental health education has not been widely incorporated into prenatal and postnatal education programs. “There is an urgent need for dental health education to be included in pre-and post-natal classes offered by hospitals and birthing centers,” said Sue Gardner and Molly Bickford, AADA Dental Health Education Co-Chairs. “By collaborating with these educational programs and providing the Healthy Smiles from the Start toolkit, we can help to prevent and decrease baby bottle tooth decay, as well increase awareness that it’s not only safe, but very important that women visit the dentist during pregnancy.”

Healthy Smiles from the Start launched on Monday, November 4 at the Touro Infirmary with the help of the Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Dentistry.

Sue Gardner and Molly Bickford DHE Co-chairs at the Launch in New Orleans, LA
Group shot of AADA volunteers, Touro Infirmary staff and LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry Dean and faculty

Photos by EZ Event Photography, courtesy ADA News. © 2013 American Dental Association

AADA members nationwide will also distribute Healthy Smiles from the Start materials to local hospitals and community health centers with established prenatal education classes. In year one, the AADA has set a goal of having materials in at least three prenatal classes per state, and by 2016, it will aim to increase that goal to at least ten classes per state. Toolkits include an engaging PowerPoint presentation plus DVD for the instructors use in class, as well as patient handouts and educational brochures in English and Spanish. All materials were created in collaboration with the program's partners, including the ADA, Henry Schein Cares, The Foundation for Dental Health Education, The Alliance of the Georgia Dental Association and The Alliance of the Ohio Dental Association. For more information about Healthy Smiles from the Start or to sign up to receive a Toolkit, email AADA@AllianceADA.org

 

 

Healthy Smiles from the Start

Kit Materials

 

Letter from the Director

Alliance Member How-To

 
Healthy Smiles from the Start Videos for Download
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English Version - Window Media
 
Spanish Version - Apple QuickTime
Spanish Version - Window Media
 

Healthy Smiles from the Start Brochure

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Healthy Smiles from the Start Flyer

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Healthy Smiles from the Start Quiz

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