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Guidelines, Resources, and Best Practices

 This compilation of resources includes guidelines, best practices, and resources for oral health providers. Please contact the Office of Oral Health if you would like to submit resources for this page.

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General Oral Health Resources

  • National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (NMCHOH Center): The NMCHOH Center supports health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, and others with the goal of improving the oral health services for pregnant women, infants, children, adolescents, and their families. The resources can be accessed in multiple language.

  • Oral Health Topics: The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research provides information on a variety of oral health topics such as diabetes and oral health, oral cancer, sealants, and much more.

  • Oral Health Fact Sheets: The California Dental Association (CDA) created factsheets for patients that address amalgam, bad breath, cosmetic dentistry, dental benefits/insurance, dental decay, dental implants, dentures, dry mouth, early childhood caries, emergencies, fluoride, general anesthesia and oral sedation, grills, grinding teeth, gum disease, meth mouth, mouth guards, new moms, nitrous oxide, nutrition, oral cancer, oral health, oral piercing, orthodontics, peer review, pregnancy, preventive care, receding gums, sealants, seniors, smokeless tobacco, whitening, wisdom teeth, x-rays, and xylitol. 

  • Additional oral health resources for consumers can be found on the webpage, Resources for Improving Your Oral Health.

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Pregnant Women And Infants



  • Association between Infant Breastfeeding and Early Childhood Caries (ECC) in the United States: The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a study assessing the potential association of breastfeeding and other factors with the risk of ECC among young children.

  • Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists produced this committee opinion to express support for counseling women about the maintenance of good oral health habits throughout the lifespan as well as the safety and importance of role health care during pregnancy.

  • Women's Oral Health Concerns: Changing hormone levels during your menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause can raise your risk of problems in your mouth, teeth, or gums. Health issues such as diabetes can also affect your oral health. Regular brushing, flossing, and dentist visits can help prevent disease in your mouth and the rest of your body.

  • Prenatal Oral Health Care (PDF):  This is an Issue Brief developed by Center for Oral Health describing the importance of oral health during pregnancy.


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Children and Adolescent 



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