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    Oral Health Improvement Program
    MC 1818
    PO Box 149347 Austin, Texas 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street
    Austin, Texas 78756

    Phone: 512-776-2008
    Fax: 512-776-7256


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Information for Frontline Workers

mother and baby

Frontline workers include home visitors, community health workers, promotores, social workers, and anyone who works to provide services to families. Frontline workers can play a key role in preventing dental disease. Smiles for Moms and Babies (SMB) provides oral health resources and training to frontline workers. 

Free, Self-Paced Online Training Available


Home visitor teaching child how to brush teethLearn how to talk to clients about their oral health. Smiles for Moms and Babies - Oral Health Training includes: 

  • information on oral health care for pregnant women, infants and children;
  • tips and techniques to guide oral health discussions with families;
  • links to educational handouts and YouTube videos in English and Spanish; and
  • help with finding dental services.

The training can be paused and resumed and takes about 90 minutes to complete. Participants can request a free oral health kit after completing the course! The kit includes tools to teach good oral hygiene habits. Community health workers and community health worker instructors can receive two (2) DSHS-certified continuing education units for completing all course elements.

Create an account on the HHS Learning Portal to access the course. View instructions on how to create an account on the portal. The course is under the Department of State Health Services > Additional Courses category.

Free in-person oral health trainings are also available to frontline workers. Email dental@dshs.texas.gov to request an in-person training.

Video & Lesson Plan - A Child's First Dental Visit

Children should have their first dental visit by age one or when their first tooth appears. Why so early? Babies can get cavities as soon as their teeth erupt. This video explains it all and shows what a baby's first dental visit is like. It's perfect for individual or group training activities!

Baby Steps for Tiny Teeth Video in English

English: Baby Steps for Tiny Teeth, length 6:37.

Baby Steps for Tiny Teeth Video in Spanish

Spanish: La Salud dental del bebé, length 7:26.








This lesson plan includes talking points and questions to guide discussion with clients. The result is a 20-30 minute activity when used with the video. The lesson plan is available in English and Spanish.

  

Order free handouts for lesson plan at Pinnacle. 

  • Fast Facts (OHIP-046): My Child’s First Dental Visit 
  • Fast Facts (OHIP-041): They’re Not Just Baby Teeth

Oral Health Resources for Home Visitors:

Last updated May 2, 2022