Ask the Expert: Oral Health: Why It’s Important and What Healthy Start Communities Can Do To Improve It

This webinar for Healthy Start communities will provide information and materials about improving the oral health of women, before, during, and after pregnancy and giving infants up to age two a healthy start.


At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least 2 current and emerging oral health issues relevant to Healthy Start communities.
  • Describe the role of the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) in responding to the needs of Healthy Start communities in addressing oral health issues.
  • Discuss at least 2 methods that OHRC uses to support health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, and others with the goal of improving oral health services for Healthy Start communities.
  • Identify at least 2 federal, state, and local agencies; national and state organizations and associations; and foundations with whom Healthy Start communities can collaborate to gather, develop, and share high-quality and valued information and materials.

Webinar Materials:

Oral Health

Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles Handout Series (English)

A series of easy-to-read informational materials for parents on taking care of young children’s oral health. Includes handouts on: brushing your child’s teeth, choosing healthy drinks for your child, getting fluoride for your child, helping your baby with teething pain, preventing mouth injuries, and visiting the dental clinic.

Oral Health

Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: A National Consensus Statement

This national consensus statement was developed to help health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, advocates, and other stakeholders respond to the need for improvements in the provision of oral health services to women during pregnancy. This statement is the product of the Oral Health Care During Pregnancy Consensus Development Expert Workgroup Meeting convened by HRSA’s MCHB in collaboration with ACOG and the American Dental Association.

Oral Health

Ask the Expert: Preconception Care

As a Healthy Start Grantee, you see the value in providing preconception care. This “Ask the Expert” webinar will feature a presentation by Dr. Brian Jack, Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, about why preconception care is so critical for improving women’s health. It will also touch on approaches relevant to Healthy Start grantees for providing preconception care and possible barriers to providing this care. Useful resources on preconception care will also be shared.

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:


  • Define preconception care and its clinical content
  • Provide a brief history of preconception care in the US
  • Explain how preconception care could be one way to address poor birth outcomes, and disparities in poor birth outcomes, in the US
  • To propose approaches and resources for providing and promoting preconception care in various settings

Webinar Materials:

Healthy Weight Oral Health Reproductive Life Planning/Family Planning STDs including HIV Tobacco Cessation

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