Tips & Tricks
Oral Health Kansas has developed many resources over the years to help with patient and consumer education. Recently, based on recommendations from one of our partners, we came up with Oral Health Tips and Tricks. These are one page fact sheets: colorful, simple and concise. They are targeted toward the everyday consumer. You are more than welcome to print and distribute our Tips and Tricks.

All of these fact sheets were developed based on requests from our supporters. Please send an email to if you would like us to develop a Tips & Tricks on a topic that is not listed.

These Tips and Tricks are available in the following fact sheets:



Resources to support successful dental appointments for people with disabilities

My Dental Care Passport gathers information from the patient or family to help the dental team better understand the patient’s needs. It contains detailed information such as communication preferences, mobility limitations, and helpful strategies to best prepare for a successful dental visit.

Finding the Right Dental Office guides caregivers with questions that help them find the best dental office for the person with disabilities.

The following documents are designed for use by dental offices to capture the most relevant information needed to schedule a dental appointment. They also guide the user to collect information about other health professionals to contact prior to the appointment, if the person would benefit from a tour of the office prior to the appointment, and possible barriers to keeping the appointment that the office staff can assist with.
Dental Homes for Kids New Patient Check List
New Patient with Developmental Disabilities Checklist

Adaptive Aids for Toothbrushing:

Resources for Adaptive Aides
A healthy mouth is essential for overall health. People with disabilities are more likely to experience dental problems when a daily hygiene routine is not practiced. Here are some products that can help you adapt your toothbrushing routine.
Available for free download: Resources for Adaptive Aids

Toothbrushing booklet:
CHANGING IT UP: How to keep toothbrushing in your routine when experiencing limited mobility
Toothbrushing is an essential activity that everyone must practice daily to stay healthy. When body movements are limited, effective toothbrushing can be a challenge. Here are some ideas to improve the way you care for your teeth, because poor oral health can lead to health issues that range from annoying to serious.

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Oral Health Kansas Resources Brochure

Oral Health Kansas has several resources available to teach kids and adults how to make good choices about their oral health every day. Some can be downloaded or accessed online; one is available to borrow, and others may be purchased. They can be used in schools, libraries, health departments, clinics, and anywhere else you can imagine. Check out the resources, and let us know if there are other resources that can be of help to you! Click here.

Early Childhood
Kansas Head Start Association
  • Fast Facts - Oral Health Library
    Colorful, issue specific oral health fliers focused on pregnancy and early childhood. 13 topics–bilingual
    (non-profit organizations in Kansas should contact for special rates.
    Kansas Health Departments with WIC clinics can order Fast Facts at no charge)
  • Dental First Aid Chart for kids (English and Spanish
  • Sesame Street Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me American Academy of Pediatrics
    Brush Book Bed (English and Spanish)
    Kids love routines. Brush, Book, Bed is a program designed to share a simple and clear message for parents:
    Each night, they should:
    1. Help children brush their teeth
    2. Read a favorite book (or two!)
    3. Then get to bed at a regular time each night.
    The Brush, Book, Bed message and program are intended for children from 6 months - 6 years old.

Cavity Free Kids, Washington Dental Service Foundation
Beating Brushing Battles (English and Spanish)

Raising Cavity Free Kids- Your Baby’s First Year
Health Educator’s Guide
Parent Handout (English and Spanish)

Healthy Eating

Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles (English, Spanish)
A series of handouts provides simple tips on oral health issues.

Cook’s Corner: Recipes for Healthy Snacks (EnglishSpanish)
Try out these simple, fun, and healthy snack recipes for young children.

Show Me the Sugar (EnglishSpanish)
This graphic can help families identify how much sugar is in their favorite drinks and shows how to convert grams to teaspoons)

Water Recipes  (English)
Stay Hydrated! Fruit-infused water is a healthy alternative to juices or soda. Try out these water recipes with your family and friends.

Acid Attack Kit-Demonstration (video)
We have developed a hands-on experiment that shows the process of dental decay (cavities). Our sugar/acid demonstration epitomizes the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Seeing “acid” forming when “germs” in the mouth are processing “simple carbs” is a game changer.

Pregnancy and Oral Health
Is Your Mouth Ready for Pregnancy?

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Now...when was the last time you were at the dentist? Although it is a myth that a mother “loses a tooth with every baby”, taking a little extra care of your mouth now can be an important part of a healthy pregnancy and better overall health for you and your new baby.

Tips for Good Oral Health During Pregnancy
Resources from National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center in various languages below:

Tobacco & E-Cigarettes

Tobacco & E-Cigarette Health information
The American Institute of Dental Public Health has a new podcast, The Truth Initiative. The Truth Initiative is America’s largest nonprofit public health organization committed to making tobacco use a thing of the past. You can find the full episode in iTunesSpotify, and Google Play. Don’t forget: If you subscribe to Anecdotal Evidence, new episodes will automatically download on Monday each week. This podcast is supporting by funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Tobacco & Kansas Vape-Free Schools Toolkit-Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Bureau of Health Promotion
This Kansas Vape-Free Schools Toolkitis a guide to help your school or school district become tobacco-free and e-cigarette-free. This Toolkit contains information and resources to help your school effectively implement, clearly communicate, regularly enforce and support a truly tobacco-free and e-cigarette-free campus.

Webinar: E-Cigarettes: What are the Facts Behind All that Vapor?
The purpose of this webinar is to inform dental providers about the products, trends for use, and health harms and benefits of e-cigarette use. To view the webinar and obtain continuing education credits, you must create a free ADA login. This webinar is open to anyone interested in learning more about e-cigarettes and their impact on oral health, not just dental professionals.

CDC Tips from Former Smokers campaign: Videos featuring television commercials, advertisements, extended interviews, and vignettes.

Addressing Tobacco Use in Kansas:  Brief Tobacco Intervention Online Training
Free interactive online course for health care providers demonstrating a “brief tobacco intervention” providers can use with patients who use tobacco products. CE credits available.
Course Fact Sheet:
Course Registration:

KDHE Tobacco Use Prevention Program:

Kansas Tobacco Quitline:


Providing Mouth Care for Persons with Dementia
Rita Jablonski, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FGSA is a nurse practitioner, researcher, tenured professor, and former family caregiver. Her research and practice involve all aspects of dementia management; she is best known for non-drug strategies to address dementia-related behaviors. This video provides techniques that can be useful when working with a person with dementia who refuses or resists mouth care.


What Every Mom Ought to Know About Fluoride (English)
Fluoride Exposed is an online evidence-based resource about fluoride and the safety and effectiveness of community water fluoridation.

Fluoride F.A.Q. (English)
This document contains suggested responses for health educators for questions commonly asked by pregnant women and families of young children. 

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