Tools and Resources

Tools and Resources

NASN Resources

Chronic Health Condition Management

Oral Health Guidance for Parents of Young Children: An information sheet with tips and guidance for parents.

Partnerships for School Nurses: A list of national and community partners for school nurses to link with for more information and support.

Sample Letter to Dental Professional: A sample letter to a dentist or dental hygienist to invite them to join your school’s Wellness Council or Team.

American Academy of Pediatrics

Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool

American Association of Orthodontists

Association website

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD).

Association website

Best Practice Approaches for Improving Oral Health through the Coordinated School Health Model (2011): Describes a public health strategy, assesses the strength of evidence on the effectiveness of the strategy, and provides best practice examples of successful state and community programs to illustrate successful/innovative implementation. Includes guidelines for setting up school oral health screenings.

Best Practice Approaches for State and Community Oral health Programs

Campaign for Dental Health

Why Do Children Need Fluoride?

Common Questions about Fluoride

Fluorosis Facts

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oral Health in Schools

Michigan Department of Community Health

Selecting a School-Based Oral Health Care Program Questions and Answers for School Staff: Oral health care delivery within a school setting is a rapidly growing avenue for ensuring that all students have equal access to care.  As oral health awareness grows, school administrators and school nurses are finding multiple options when seeking an oral health program to provide services to their student body.  Differences can exist within programs between what types of oral health providers are providing care, to specific services delivered, and even what space requirements will be needed by oral health programs when traveling into a school.  This document was designed to help guide schools into choosing the type of oral health program that will best meet the needs of their students and communities.

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center

Bright Futures in Practice: Oral Health - Pocket Guide: View the guide or order bulk copies of the guide.

Oral Health and Learning: When Children’s Oral Health Suffers, So Does Their Ability to Learn

Promoting Oral Health in Schools:  A Resource Guide (2009): This publication is designed for health professionals, program administrators, educators, researchers, policymakers, parents, and others working in school settings prevent disease and promote oral health in children and adolescents. It includes descriptions of brochures, fact sheets, guidelines, curricula, and reports. A comprehensive list of state programs, federal agencies, policy and resources centers, professional associations, and voluntary organizations are detailed.  

Head Start Oral Health Resource Guide (2001): This publication is for health professionals, Head Start staff, program administrators, educators, researchers, policymakers, and others to address and overcome barriers to oral health care for  pregnant women, infants, and children. Included are brochures, fact sheets, guidelines, curricula, and reports. Federal and state agencies, resource centers, professional associations, and voluntary organizations are listed.

Resource Highlights: School Oral Health Services

Pain and Suffering Shouldn't Be an Option: School-Based and School-Linked Oral Health Services for Children and Adolescents - a fact sheet