Texas Tooth Steps
The Texas Perinatal Oral Health Program
After a successful pilot project, TxOHC is looking to expand their perinatal program geographically and with additional partners.
Texas Tooth Steps is the first step in oral health education and implementing positive oral health behaviors for moms and infants. This program addresses three specific oral health behaviors, a healthy diet for infants, oral hygiene and dental attendance. Participants first listen to a brief oral health presentation then sign up to participate in a series of short text surveys until their child is two years of age to measure the success of the project. Expectant or new mothers receive a gift bag containing a set of three onesies for their baby and printed with an age-specific oral health message corresponding to the size of the onesie, (3 months, 6 months and 12 months). Post cards relating to each size and message contain oral health instructions and pictures demonstrating this information, as well as, a one-page bilingual educational piece that includes all three oral health behaviors we are looking to enforce in the home. By incorporating the techniques of positive reinforcement and rewards with the tools of intentionally timed text messages, attention grabbing slogans, and meaningful visual cues, the educator can implement lessons that have a lasting and beneficial impact on his/her students.
- I am pregnant and would like to participate in this program, please contact Jessica Stewart for more information
- Tell my friends and colleagues about this program
- Provide written testimony or quote for publicity purposes
- Submit a picture of my baby wearing a onesie for publicity purposes
- Signed Model Release form required
Testimony, Stories and Sound Bites From Program Participants
Participant from Cadena de Madres (Driscoll Children’s Hospital)
I never knew baby teeth made a difference. I’m gonna take care of my baby’s teeth. I guess I should see a dentist too. I have gums that bleed. That can’t be good.
Participant from Texas A&M Univ, Title IX program
I’m a college student and thought I was pretty smart about health but I learned a lot today. Thank you. I love the onesies. They are so cute.
Participant from Coastal Bend CASA (Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse)
These outfits are so pretty, I am going to let my baby wear them everywhere. When people ask me, I will tell them take their kids to the dentist and that it’s important.