Smiles for Moms and Babies

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Good oral health is important for a healthy pregnancy. The Smiles for Moms and Babies (SMB) project focuses on reducing the prevalence of oral disease in pregnant women and infants and emphasizes the importance of oral care before, during and after pregnancy. The SMB project works with Texas home visiting programs and demonstrates the role home visitors have in preventing dental disease.

Project objective: Promoting oral health among pregnant women and babies through the following activities: 

  •  Integrating oral health into Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), Parents as Teachers (PAT), and other home visiting
     programs.      
  •  Developing and disseminating Texas Perinatal, Infant, and Early Childhood Oral Health Guidelines.
  •  Educating medical and dental providers about the importance  and safety of dental care during pregnancy.

Want to learn more about what to expect at baby's first dental visit?

In the video, Baby Steps for Tiny Teeth, a pregnant mom learns about the importance of bringing her baby to the dentist before age 1. She also learns how to take care of her baby’s teeth and what to expect when she brings her baby in for his first dental visit.

The Baby Steps for Tiny Teeth video is also available in Spanish.

Low-cost dental services

Dental options vary based on things like your age, where you live and how much money you make.  Use the Low-cost Dental Services in Texas Guide to help find dental services in your region or call 2-1-1. 

2-1-1 is a free help line that is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  An operator will help the person calling find the resources they need in their community. All calls are answered by real people, not a recording, who can answer questions in more than 90 languages. The operator can also assist in locating dental services. For more information visit  www.211.org.

Perinatal Resources

 

Last updated October 4, 2019