Information for Frontline Workers

mother and baby

Frontline workers can play a key role in preventing dental disease. Smiles for Moms and Babies (SMB) gives oral health resources and training to frontline workers. Frontline workers are:

  • Home visitors,
  • Community health workers/promotores de salud,
  • Social workers, and
  • Anyone who works to provide services to families.

Free, Self-Paced Online Training Available

Home visitor teaching child how to brush teethLearn how to talk to clients about their oral health. Smiles for Moms and Babies - Oral Health Training includes: 

  • Information on oral health care for pregnant women, infants, and children
  • Tips and techniques to guide oral health discussions with families
  • Links to educational handouts and YouTube videos in English and Spanish
  • Help with finding dental services

The training is self-guided and participants may stop and resume at any time. It takes around 90 minutes to complete. Participants may ask for a free oral health kit after completing the course! The kit includes tools to teach good oral hygiene habits. Community health workers and community health worker instructors can receive two (2) DSHS-certified continuing education units for completing all course elements.

Create an account on the HHS Learning Portal to access the courseView instructions on how to create an account on the portal. The course is under the Department of State Health Services > Additional Courses category.

Free in-person oral health trainings are also available to frontline workers. Email to request an in-person training.

Video and Lesson Plan - A Child's First Dental Visit

Children should have their first dental visit by either age one or when their first tooth appears. Why so early? Babies can get cavities as soon as their teeth erupt. This video explains it all and shows what a baby's first dental visit is like. It's perfect for individual or group training activities!

Baby Steps for Tiny Teeth Video in English

English: Baby Steps for Tiny Teeth, length 6:37.

Baby Steps for Tiny Teeth Video in Spanish

Spanish: La Salud dental del bebé, length 7:26.

This lesson plan includes talking points and questions to guide discussion with clients. The result is a 20 to 30-minute activity when used with the video. The lesson plan is available in English and Spanish.

Oral Health Resources for Home Visitors:


Last reviewed and updated: May 14, 2024