National Center for Farmworker Health
Call for Health
1770 FM 967 • Buda, TX 78610
(512) 312-2700
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National Center for Farmworker Health
Quarterly Health Topics
June 2008

Oral Health

Dental disease is one of the most common and preventable ailments. However, statistics show that a large percentage of migrant workers and their children do not seek regular dental care and suffer from complications linked to dental carries or gum disease. Research indicates that dental work is viewed as an expensive service as many farmworkers lack the insurance to cover costs. Another, more common belief is that regular dental visits are not necessary unless someone is experiencing pain. While a visit to the dentist is a primary key to good dental health, a healthy diet and a regular oral health care routine can prevent invasive and expensive dental procedures that can tax a limited budget.

Oral Health Patient Education Materials

Selle los Dientes Contra la Caries Dental Un Folleto Para Padres written by US Department of Health and Human Services in 2004.

A Spanish language booklet for parents that discusses tooth decay and prevention. Topics include: information on sealants, infant and child dental care, dental insurance, fluoride, and tooth decay

Cómo Prevenir Los Problemas De La Diabetes: Mantenga Sanos Los Dientes Y Las Encias written by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and The United States Department of Health and Human Services in 2007.

This Spanish educational pamphlet discusses how to prevent diabetes-related problems by keeping teeth and gums healthy. The booklet covers home preventative care methods and self-examination. The resource is also available in English.





Evite los Problemas de la Diabetes: Mantenga los Dientes y Encías Sanos written by US Department of Health and Human Services in 2001.

A Spanish language booklet discusses problems and prevention of problems with teeth for people diagnosed with Diabetes.




Healthy Smiles for a Lifetime / Sonrisas Saludables Para Toda La Vida created by the National Center For Farmworker Health in 2008.

Health Smiles for a Lifetime is a bilingual oral health training curriculum for lay health workers. It focuses on preventing common dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease and the barriers that keep farmworkers from being able to enjoy good dental health. The curriculum provides detailed lessons and activities for training lay health workers on dental health issues that can be shared with their communities. The training includes basic information on dental hygiene, tooth decay, gum disease, baby bottle tooth decay, dental injuries, and extractions. This training is intended for lay health workers and the length of training varies depending on the needs of the organization. At this time we do not have any educational materials that accompany it, but keep checking back with us as we may have some in the future



Proteja Los Dientes De Su Bebe written by the Dental Health Association in 2006.

This Spanish language brochure outlines ways to improve your child's dental health.

Una Boca Saludable Para Su Bebé written by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in 2002.

This Spanish language pamphlet discusses 5 steps to ensure a baby's dental health. In addition to proper nutrition before and after the baby has been born, it suggests cleaning a baby's teeth with fluoride, checking and cleaning the baby's teeth, steps to prevent baby bottle tooth decay, and taking the baby to the dentist.