Early Childhood Oral Health Trainings | Qualistar Colorado

Oral Health

We focus on early childhood oral health by creating and delivering innovative professional development programs to raise awareness, develop skills, and support the integration of best practices and policies. Children’s dental care is important knowing that tooth decay is the most common chronic and unmet childhood disease in Colorado and yet it is preventable in nearly every case. In early childhood, 40 percent of children have tooth decay and this increases to 55 percent by third grade. Research from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows that oral disease can affect a child’s ability to concentrate and learn, as well as impact speech development, eating habits, activity levels, and self-esteem.


Cavity Free Kids

ORAL HEALTH—This 2-hour training includes activities, circle time experiences, stories, songs, art, dramatic play, discovery and science, sand and water, literacy and library, toys and games, and other resources to actively engage children in play-based learning. It will help make oral health part of your daily routines with children and families, as well as support teaching the 5 Basics of Oral Health:

  1. Baby Teeth are Important
  2. Water for Thirst
  3. Tooth Healthy Foods
  4. Brush, Floss, Swish
  5. Going to the Dentist

Cost: Training, teaching materials, and resources are offered at no cost.

Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 2 hours of training in the Health, Safety, and Nutrition domain towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

Healthy Smiles Champion

ORAL HEALTH—Building upon the Cavity Free Kids training, this training offers participants the support and materials needed to implement tooth brushing and create a policy that supports limiting sugary drinks.

Cost: Training, teaching materials, and resources are offered at no cost.

By participating, you will earn 2 hours of training in the Program Planning and Development area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.


Tooth Healthy Toolbox

We’ve created a Tooth Healthy Toolbox full of oral health tools and resources for children, families, and early childhood settings. Follow this Pinterest page to access activities, crafts, games, and much more.

Tooth Healthy Text

Like what you’ve read in this email? We also send text messages! Each message includes a Tooth Healthy tip and link to an activity for children and families. Signing up is easy! Just text the phrase ToothHealthy to 313131 from your phone to sign up.

The American Academy of Pediatrics now says no juice before age one. Click to read more.


When organizations join forces, they have a greater impact than working alone. That’s why Healthy Child Care Colorado and Denver Environmental Health, part of the regional Healthy Beverage Partnership, teamed up to bring tooth healthy policies and practices to early childhood programs in Denver. Click here to learn more.
Cavities Get Around is a bilingual campaign launched in 2014 to improve the oral health of Colorado children. It primarily reaches low-income families with children ages 0-6, who are disproportionately affected by poor oral health. The campaign engages families and communities on the importance of baby teeth. Encouraging children to drink water instead of cavity-causing sugary drinks like juice can ensure good oral health for life. Click here to learn more. 

Baby Teeth are Important!

This video highlights Cavity Free Kids, an oral health professional development program for all early childhood education providers, teachers, and professionals. The curriculum includes activities, resources, and materials that make it easy to teach children and their families about the 5 Basics of Oral Health and dental care for children.

Contact Us

Email us at health@qualistar.org and like Healthy Child Care Colorado on Facebook for questions and resources and to see strategies for obesity prevention, social and emotional well-being, oral health, and injury prevention. 

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