Tooth Talk

This has been excerpted from the 2019 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook. To see the full publication, please click here!  Dental caries (tooth decay) is the most common chronic disease among children. Poor oral health has immediate and significant ...

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How to Talk to Parents About the Importance of Dental Health

Encouraging parents and other caregivers to prioritize oral health is an important way for you to help prevent oral disease in children. You can help teach families about nutrition, good brushing habits, and the need to establish a dental home where families can find routine preventive care.

Here are a few suggestions for things you may want to address with families:

  • Keep messages clear, short, and simple
  • Talk to caregivers about the importance of oral health care, including age-appropriate brushing habits, early detection of decay, and good nutrition
  • Use a variety of methods to help parents learn about oral heath and get the skills they need to prevent dental disease. Posters, picture handouts, and demonstrations are all effective ways to communicate your messages
  • Encourage parents to take an active role in caring for their child’s teeth at all ages — even before the first tooth erupts
  • Inspire parents to be a role model for good oral health practices, like brushing their teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, visiting a dentist regularly, and eating healthy foods

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