Dental Health Starter Kits

About the Early Dental Health Starter Kits Project

  • As of 2022, 25,000 early dental health starter kits have been produced and distributed to public health departments across Nebraska.
  • Project partners:
    • Nebraska Community Foundation
    • UNMC College of Dentistry
    • Office of Oral Health and Dentistry, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
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Purpose of the Dental Health Starter Kits

The kits are packed with unique oral hygiene items for children from birth to 6 years old and are given at no cost to new parents and caregivers at hospitals, head starts, daycares, WIC centers and other locations.

The kits emphasize the need to establish a dental home by age 1. Dental homes create an ongoing relationship between the patient and the dentist and provide access to continual dental disease prevention and education.

 

Statewide Need for Oral Health Education

There is a great need for oral health education and prevention in Nebraska. A 2016 statewide survey of children in Nebraska's Head Start program found that 46% had decay experience, which is higher than the national average.

Early oral health habits can prevent dental decay and early childhood caries, an infectious disease that can lead to severe pain, language development delays and malnutrition.


Distribution Locations