Cavities are preventable! Learn how to improve children's oral health and take better care of their teeth. Dont wait, caring for your child's teeth needs to start at a very young age.

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Our Childhood Caries Prevention Program for medical and dental clinic staff is designed to improve children's oral health and includes fluoride varnish application training. Earn one Minnesota nursing CEU by completing our program.

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Need curriculum and table activities to improve children's oral health? We have training programs with fun kid activities: one for preschool and kindergarten age children, and one for caregivers.

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Kids Playground

We have a website for your kids! Read our children's book or play video games, while learning about how to prevent cavities.

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Fluoride Varnish Training Program for Clinics

Childhood Caries Prevention Program Training

This training is a foundation for a clinic establishing a Childhood Caries Prevention Program and includes training on the application of fluoride varnish.

There are three parts to the Childhood Caries Prevention Training. 

Step 1:  Watch the 16 minute video.

Step 2:  Read the designated articles.

Step 3:  Complete the online quiz.

The training provides 1 Minnesota Nursing CEU.

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Bye, Bye Germs

By Anna Pence, MNOHP PHN Consultant
Illustrated by Trudy Barsness

It is often a struggle to find interesting ways to help young children learn the importance of taking care of their teeth. The new book, Bye, Bye Germs, is an engaging tool designed to teach children this lesson.

The story features Emma, a little girl who faces off with Jerry the Germ. She is joined by Timmy the Toothbrush and together they win the battle to save her beautiful teeth. This book is a starting point for adults to discuss the importance of oral care in kid-friendly terms and will help children learn the importance of brushing their teeth twice daily for a minimum of 2 minutes.

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Copies of Bye, Bye Germs are available for purchase. Contact Cris Gilb at for more information. Individual books can be purchased for $5.00, and there are significant discounts if purchasing in bulk. As of April 1, the Minnesota Oral Health Project plans to sell individual printed copies of  Bye, Bye Germs on via their print on demand service.

Now available in the Karen language! The book is printable on 8.5 by 11 printers. For best results, use two-sided printing. Some of the pages in the book are designed to be displayed back to back. Download Bye, Bye Germs in Karen.

Fluoride Varnish Applications: 24/7 On-Line Training

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FVA preventive training is a foundation for a clinic establishing a Childhood Caries Prevention Program and includes training on the application of fluoride varnish. The training takes approximately 1 hour, including the portion on fluoride varnish training.   There are three parts to the Childhood Caries Prevention Training.  Keep a copy of our CEU document and the email you receive on the quiz.  The email...

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The Story of the Minnesota Oral Health Project

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Sharing Our Outcomes INTRODUCTION: Child Oral Health in Minnesota In 2005, oral health care for young children was a subtly explored topic for many in public health. Unless you were a dentist, dental hygienist, or other dental specialist, community-centered messages were few and far between concerning brushing, flossing, and having fluoride varnish applications (FVA). This is no longer true. Today, Minnesota has a strong,...

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Partnership Spotlight

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We would like to express our sincere appreciation for all those who have made MNOHP a successful oral health care initiative over the last 15 years.  To our Leadership Team for their generous volunteer time to promote the project; our consultants for taking our message into the community with children and families; and White Buffalo Websites for the wonderful work on our website, education...

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Creating a New Norm: Lessons Learned in Child Oral Health Care

An interview with Linda Maytan, DDS, MPH Linda Maytan, DDS, MPH Author and Interviewer: Barbara Greene, MPH Linda Maytan, DDS, MPH is the MN Department of Human Services Dental Policy Director for Minnesota Health Care Programs (Medicaid).  She has observed oral health care outcomes among Minnesota’s children and has a broad perspective as a policy maker and a former dental practitioner.   Dr. Maytan believes,...

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The Impact of Social Determinants on Children’s Oral Health in Minnesota

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An Interview with Dr. Prasida Khanal, BDS, MPH (Honors) Dr. Prasida Khanal, BDS, MPH (Honors) Prasida Khanal, BDS, MPH (Honors) is the State Oral Health Director at the Minnesota Department of Health. She is foreign-trained dentist with a public health background and holds a certificate in project management. Interviewer and Author: Barbara Greene, MPH, Senior Health Consultant Serving Children From Nepal to Minnesota Dr....

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Library Story Time: Oral Health for All!

Preschool kids Listening to a book

Melissa Walden, Consultant and Educator By Melissa Walden, MNONP Consultant and Educator “1-2-3…Come read, brush, sing and play with me!” Preschool and family story hours are powerful, interactive ways to reach families with young children on good oral health practices and early caries prevention! Throughout 2019, we read and shared the Minnesota Oral Health Project’s (MNOHP) new book, “Bye, Bye Germs”, at city and...

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The Fluoride Guy: MNOHP Founder Amos Deinard, Jr, MD, MPH

Dr. Amos Deinard

By Barbara Greene, MPH, Consultant & Educator Dr. Amos Deinard, Jr., MD, MPH The Fluoride Guy Amos S. Deinard, Jr., MD, MPH is well-known in health care circles as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School and School of Public Health. While this is his official title, he is most frequently known as “The Fluoride Guy”. Dr. Deinard, or...

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Children’s Brushing Videos: Make it fun!

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By Barbara Greene, MPH, Consultant & Educator Establishing new family rituals for brushing teeth is an excellent way to make brushing and bedtime oral health preparation easier! Parents often tell us, “I let my daughter brush my teeth sometimes, so she will let me brush hers without argument.” Still others create nightly rituals by suggesting, “You brush for a while, then I’ll brush for...

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Community Health Workers’ Fluoride Varnish Interventions in Minneapolis Schools

Professional Photo Nasra Budul

Nasra Budul, Community Health Worker (CHW), Ready Set Smile Nasra Budul is an oral health educator and Community Health Worker in Minneapolis public and charter schools. As an educator of children age fourteen and younger, Nasra is keenly aware of oral health disparities within her Somali community. She educates school systems, helps get children to preventive dental visits twice each school year, and visits...

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Reducing Disparities: An Urban Clinic Model

Professional Photo of Dr. Havva Zeynep Ertugrul DMD

Dr. Havva Zeynep Ertugrul, DMD Diverse patients and backgrounds For the last nine years, Havva Zeynep Ertugrul, DMD, has brought oral care to the pediatric patients at Community University Health Care Center (CUHCC) in the urban, ethnically diverse Phillips Neighborhood of Minneapolis. Dr. Ertugrul provides restorative and preventive oral health care, including fluoride varnish, for multicultural children. Many of the children she treats are...

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