Brush Book Bed (BBB) is a program by the American Academy of Pediatrics, to educate families with children to have healthy oral health and bedtime routines. This program has been implemented in Kansas by safety net clinics, Parent as Teachers, Healthy Families, Head Starts and health departments in each region.

"The resources and guidance that Brush Book Bed provides to families of young children has assisted our Kansas Children’s Service League home visitors to increase parent child interactions and oral health care for everyone in the family". - Trina Morgan, Assistant Director for Healthy Families.

The resources provided by OHK to programs that are involved are as follows:

For Families

Oral hygiene kits are given to establish a daily routine of brushing because toothbrushing reduces the risk of cavities.


Storybooks are provided as a part of encouraging parents to read to child from a young age. Reading a book increases literacy skills and language development.
The books that will be given are:
Potter the Otter: Visits the Dentist
Potter the Otter: A Tale About Water
Happy Teeth
I Brush My Teeth

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family's income. Go to their website for more information and to find out if it's available in your area!


Toothbrushing Positions to Try – If you’re struggling with brushing your child’s teeth, try these different positions.

Sitting On The Toilet
(Sentado En El Inodoro)

Hand Over Hand Guidance
(Mano Sobre Mano)

Knee to Knee
(Rodilla Con Rodilla)

Bathroom Counter
- Do Not Leave Child Unattended
(Mostrador Del Cuarto De Baño
- No Deje Al Niño Sin Supervisión)

On The Sofa
(En El Sofa)
Click here to download a printable handout showing these positions.

BBB handout gives an idea on how to structure child's nighttime routine. Click here for English or Spanish. For more languages, click here.


For Educators ONLY

Pretest Questions and Outcome Evaluation Form

Posttest Questions and Outcome Evaluation Form


Here is a short video to watch before you start Brush Book Bed!



Implementation for early education programs only
Educators will be provided with a recorded presentation of the Brush Book Bed program. The first step for educators is to conduct a pretest for a family. Once the pretest is conducted each family will be provided with a storybook, oral hygiene kits, and a BBB handout. After six months, the educators then conduct a posttest with the same families and given a storybook at this stage. Pretest and posttest outcome evaluation will be done using a Google form.

Implementation for clinics: Clinic staffs / educators will educate families on the importance of having a regular nighttime routine. Families with children under the age of three are provided with storybooks, oral health kits, and BBB handout.

For more information contact:

Sonia Olmos - Operations and Communications Manager

Locations participating in Brush Book Bed are the color blue.


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