Flouride Varnish Course
Head Start staff (directors, health coordinators, and teachers) can take an online Fluoride Varnish course to be certified to apply fluoride varnish to the Head Start children.
The "How to Apply Fluoride Varnish" course and other ECC materials can be accessed by going to: How to Apply Fluoride Varnish
Head Start's Role in Early Childhood Caries Prevention and Early Intervention
Early Childhood Caries (ECC) is any tooth decay in a child under 6 years of age. While some children may only have one tooth that is decayed, and some may have multiple teeth that are decayed it is important to understand that tooth decay in childhood is not normal and can be prevention.
The Indian Health Service has started a new initiative to draw attention to the problem of ECC, which afflicts more than half of Native American children. You can make a difference in our fight against ECC if you follow these steps:
Head Start’s Role in ECC Prevention & Early Intervention [04/10-PDF-633KB]
- Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste
- Fluoride Varnish applications 3 to 4 times a year
- Offer healthy snacks and avoid sweet drinks and foods
- Early Access to Dental Care may help keep children from having to be treated for severe decay in an operating room. Ask your dentist about caries stabilization.