Oral health is an important part of children's overall health. Although many factors may impact a child's oral health, the resources below will help you educate families about healthy routines, good oral hygiene, proper tooth development, and how fluoride protects teeth.
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Protect Tiny Teeth
Protect Tiny Teeth is a free resource toolkit developed from the American Academy of Pediatrics to educate families and health professionals about the importance of good oral health during pregnancy and infancy. Find videos, infographics, posters, and brochures in many languages within the toolkit. Read more about pre- and post-natal oral health care on HealthyChildren.org.
Brush, Book, Bed: How to Structure Your Child's Nighttime Routine
Brush, Book, Bed is an AAP Program with a simple and clear message for parents. Pediatricians, other health care and dental care providers, and/or health departments are welcome to use resources for families.
Brush, Book, Bed focuses on eEach night:
- Help your children to brush their teeth
- Read a favorite book (or two!)
- Get to bed at a regular time each night.
The Brush, Book, Bed message and program are intended for children from birth to 6 years old. The program aims to improve oral health services in the medical home by linking oral health information with messages about early literacy, sleep, and establishing a regular nighttime routine.
The Brush, Book, Bed materials were updated in 2023 and are available in the following languages: English, Spanish, Cambodian, French, Korean, Russian and Taiwanese.
HealthyChildren.org - Brush, Book, Bed: Information for families to help them structure a nighttime routine for their children which includes brushing teeth, reading a book and creating a regular bed time.
Brush, Book, Bed Poster
Hang this poster in your practice that explains the Brush, Book, Bed message to families.
Brush, Book, Bed Handout
Print copies of this handout to give to caregivers when introducing the Brush, Book, Bed program. The handout will answer questions and help them structure their child’s nighttime routine.
Brush, Book, Bed Stickers
Print these stickers on white 2” x 4” mailing labels (10 per sheet) and stick them on distributed books to help parents remember the Brush, Book, Bed message.
Brush, Book, Bed Bookmarks
Print these bookmarks on sturdy paper, quickly cut along the four gray lines and give out to patients and families to help them remember the Brush, Book, Bed message as they read.
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