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Educating pregnant women, parents, and caregivers about preventing and treating dental disease is critical. Evidence suggests that most infants acquire cavity-causing bacteria from their mothers. Providing pregnant women with counseling on healthy oral health behaviors may reduce the risk for this transmission and improve the oral health of the whole family. It is also important for families to know that children should see a dentist by their first birthday and have four fluoride applications, at their primary care provider’s office, by four years of age. Community organizations play a crucial role in educating families about the importance of good oral health.

Here are a few downloadable resources community organizations can use with their clients:

Tips for Oral Health During Pregnancy

Fluoride Testing Form

Communities with Fluoridated Water

What’s the Deal with Added Sugar?

Here are a couple of links with important information for families:

Fluoride FAQs

Skip the Sippy Cup