California Dental Association Foundation, First Smiles Education and Training Project
1201 K Street, Suite 1511
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (800) 232-7645
Available from the website.
These resources, which focus on preventing early childhood caries (ECC), are intended for oral health professionals, health professionals, early childhood educators, and parents and caregivers of infants and young children (including those with special health care needs [CSHCN]). The content is part of First Smiles, a statewide initiative to address ECC in California. Resources for professionals include training calendars, streaming video segments, continuing education opportunities, and tools and supporting materials. Selected parent-education tools include four tip sheets on age-specific anticipatory guidance (prenatal, birth to age 1, ages 1 to 2, and ages 3 to 5) and the brochure, Healthy Teeth Begin at Birth, available in 10 languages. Policies and procedures, frequently asked questions, scientific articles, news articles, and links are provided. Specific resources for creating, implementing, and evaluating community-based oral health programs for young children residing in rural areas and for working with CSHCN are also presented.
Keywords: Oral health, Young children, Children with special health care needs, Rural environment, Disease prevention, Early childhood caries, Educational materials, Continuing education, Dental education, Medical education, Distance education, Resources for professionals