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Improving Oral Health

Tooth decay is the most common preventable chronic disease among children in the United States. If left untreated, it can negatively affect a child's physical and social development, as well as his or her school performance. In 2010, CMS launched an Oral Health Initiative to help states ensure that children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP have easy access to dental and oral health services. Learn how we are working to support state efforts.

All children enrolled in Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) have coverage for dental services–including check-ups, x-rays, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, fillings, and more. Check out your state's complete list of benefits for children in Medicaid and CHIP.

Explore our full outreach tool library of free education materials or use the select items below to promote good oral health and encourage families to enroll their eligible children in Medicaid or CHIP. Some of the ‘Think Teeth’ materials can be customized with your organization’s contact information. Please see our Customization Guide for instructions. Organizations are responsible for covering printing costs for customized materials. We also provide materials that you can download, print, and use in your outreach and education activities. Read some ideas on ways share oral health education materials.

"Think Teeth" Oral Health Outreach Tools

Social Media Messages

Use these messages in your Facebook posts, Tweets, or other messaging forums to help us spread the word! Be sure to check out our Step-By-Step Guide to Social Sharing Guide for tips on how to post our graphics on your social media accounts.

Facebook Images

These images are specifically designed for the best-sized images for sharing on Facebook. Download and share them on your account!

Twitter Images

These images are specifically designed for the best-sized images for Twitter. Download and tweet these to your followers on your account and use our hashtags #Enroll365 and #ThinkTeeth!

Web Banners

Use web banners to link online traffic to Healthcare.gov where visitors can find more information about their states' programs and how to enroll or the InsureKidsNow.gov Dental Health Page. Each .zip folder includes three standard web banner and button sizes, as well as posting instructions. Place these banners and buttons on your website!

Web Buttons

Great for sidebars, use these web buttons to link online traffic to Healthcare.gov where visitors can find more information about their states' programs and how to enroll or the InsureKidsNow.gov Dental Health Page. Each .zip folder includes three standard web banner and button sizes, as well as posting instructions. Place these banners and buttons on your website!

Find a Dentist Widget

 

Post the InsureKidsNow.gov Find a Dentist for your kid widget on your organization's website and bring that powerful search function to your site's users! With this tool you and your site can help users find a dentist in their area that accepts Medicaid & CHIP.

Posters

Download this poster–available in both English and Spanish–to help with your outreach initiatives.

Flyers

Download this flyer–available in both English and Spanish–to help with your outreach initiatives.

 

Tear Pads

Download these tear pads–available in both English and Spanish–to help with your outreach initiatives.

 

Newsletter & Article Templates

Use these templates to create your own newsletter or articles in existing newsletters.

 

Template newsletter articles to promote "Think Teeth" materials for pregnant women, parents, and caregivers

  • Newsletter Templates: Targeted Audience "Think Teeth" in English
  • Newsletter Templates: Targeted Audience "Think Teeth" in Spanish
 

Template "Think Teeth" newsletter articles for general audiences

  • Template Newsletter Articles: General Audience "Think Teeth" in English
  • Template Newsletter Articles: General Audience "Think Teeth" in Spanish

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