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April is National Minority Health Month

NIDCR has a variety of publications and other resources tailored for minority audiences that you can use to support oral health promotion efforts in your community.

For American Indians and Alaska Natives

A Healthy Mouth for Your Baby A Healthy Mouth for Your Baby (for American Indians and Alaska Natives)
This easy-to-read brochure is for parents with infants or toddlers. It explains why baby teeth are important, gives tips on how to prevent early childhood tooth decay, and promotes the age 1 dental visit.
A Healthy Mouth for Your Baby A Healthy Mouth for Your Baby Video (for American Indians and Alaska Natives)
This video is for parents of infants or toddlers. It explains why baby teeth are important, gives tips on how to prevent early childhood tooth decay, and promotes the age 1 dental visit. Narrated by Shyanne Beatty, host of the Native radio show "Earthsongs."

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For African Americans

Are you at Risk for Oral Cancer? What African American Men Need to KnowAre You At Risk for Oral Cancer? What African American Men Need to Know
This brochure alerts African American men to their risk for oral cancer, lists the signs and symptoms, and discusses the importance of early detection.
Are you at Risk for Oral Cancer? What African American Men Need to Know Oral Cancer Exam Card
A companion to the brochure, this card describes the steps of an oral cancer examination.
Oral Cancer: What African American Men Need to Know (small poster)Poster (8.5" x 11")
This 8.5x11 poster is designed to raise African American men's awareness of their risk for oral cancer and the importance of early detection.
Are you at Risk for Oral Cancer? What African American Men Need to KnowVideo: Are You at Risk for Oral Cancer? What African American Men Need to Know
African American men are one of the groups at highest risk for oral cancer - but many don't know it. Watch this video to learn more about oral cancer and the importance of detecting the disease early when it can be treated more successfully.
Oral Cancer: Causes and Symptoms & The Oral Cancer ExamFact Sheet: Oral Cancer Causes and Symptoms & The Oral Cancer Exam
This fact sheet contains additional information about oral cancer plus an extensive list of references to the medical literature.
Oral Cancer Public Service Announcements   Oral Cancer Public Service Announcements
   These oral cancer public service announcements include two 30 second spots: Tough Guy and African-American                     Men; and one 60 second spot: Catching it Early.

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For Hispanics

Adult Oral Health

Older Adults Oral Health Las personas mayores y la salud oral (Older Adults and Oral Health)
This fact sheet dispels many common misconceptions about oral health and growing older and offers tips on maintaining a healthy mouth for a lifetime.

Tooth Decay (Caries)

 Una boca saludable para su bebé (A Healthy Mouth for Your Baby)
This easy-to-read brochure is for parents of infants or toddlers. It explains why baby teeth are important, gives tips on how to prevent early childhood tooth decay, and promotes the age 1 dental visit. 


 El proceso del deterioro de los dientes: Cómo revertirlo y evitar que se forme una caries dental (The Tooth Decay Process: How to Reverse It and Avoid a Cavity)
Information for parents of school-age children on how the tooth decay process starts and how it can be stopped. 

Dental Sealants

 Selle los dientes contra la caries dental (Seal Out Tooth Decay)
This brochure explains what sealants are and why they're important for protecting teeth from decay. It also has a step-by-step description (with pictures) of how sealants are applied to teeth. An introduction section lists other things you can do to keep your children's teeth healthy.

Dry Mouth

 La boca seca (Dry Mouth)
This brochure discusses the causes of dry mouth, the importance of saliva to oral health, and steps to follow to relieve dryness.

Gum (Periodontal) Disease

 Enfermedad de las encías o enfermedad periodontal - Causas, síntomas y tratamientos (Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments)
This brochure is for people with gum disease. It discusses the causes, diagnosis, and treatment options.
 La placa (Plaque: What it is and how to get rid of it)
This brochure shows how to brush and floss.

HIV/AIDS and Oral Health

 Problemas orales en pacientes con infección por el VIH (Mouth Problems and HIV)
This brochure for patients explains the most common oral problems linked to HIV and shows what they look like. It also describes where in the mouth they occur and how they are treated.
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Diabetes and Oral Health

Diabetes Dental Tips La diabetes: Consejos sobre la salud oral (Diabetes: Dental Tips)
This concise patient handout describes warning signals of oral health problems, as well as practical information on preventing the periodontal complications of diabetes.
 Cómo prevenir los problemas de la diabetes: Mantenga la boca sana (Prevent diabetes problems: Keep your mouth healthy)
This easy-to-read booklet teaches people how diabetes can damage teeth and gums and how this damage can be prevented. Focuses on proper dental care and frequent dental visits. Part of a series on preventing diabetes problems.

Low-Cost Dental Care

 Cómo encontrar cuidados dentales a bajo costo (Finding Low-Cost Dental Care)
This fact sheet suggests various local, state, and federal sources of low-cost dental care. Information on accessing treatment through clinical trials and dental schools is also provided.

Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment

 La boca y el tratamiento de radiación en la cabeza y el cuello (Head and Neck Radiation Treatment and Your Mouth)
This patient brochure discusses how radiation affects the mouth and the importance of seeing a dentist before, during, and after cancer treatment. Also included are self-care tips for patients to keep their mouth healthy during treatment.
 La quimioterapia y la boca (Chemotherapy and Your Mouth)
This patient brochure discusses how chemotherapy affects the mouth and the importance of seeing a dentist before, during, and after treatment. Also included are self-care tips for patients to keep their mouth healthy during treatment.
 Tres buenas razones para ver a un dentista ANTES de comenzar el tratamiento contra el cáncer (Three Good Reasons to See a Dentist BEFORE Cancer Treatment)
This patient pamphlet discusses reasons to see a dentist before cancer treatment, how to protect the mouth during treatment, and advice on when to call the cancer care team about mouth problems. Self-care tips are also provided.

TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders Al tratar los trastornos de las articulaciones y los músculos temporomandibulares, a menudo hacer menos es lo mejor (Less is Often Best in Treating TMJ Disorders)
This fact sheet gives an overview of temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, offers self-care practices that may help, and cautions about treatments that might not be necessary.
 Los trastornos de las articulaciones y de los músculos temporomandibulares (ATM) (TMJ Disorders)
This brochure describes the causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders. It cautions about treatments that may not be necessary, as well as some that may be harmful. The publication concludes with a description of research under way on TMJ disorders.

Videos

Cover of "A Healthy Mouth for Your Baby"Una boca saludable para su bebé (A Healthy Mouth for Your Baby)
This video is for parents of infants or toddlers. It explains why baby teeth are important, gives tips on how to prevent early childhood tooth decay, and promotes the age 1 dental visit
Qué vive adentro de tu boca (What Lives Inside Your Mouth?)
For children in grades 1 and 2, this video explains how bacteria in our mouths use sugars in food to produce acids that attack tooth enamel and cause tooth decay. 
 Cómo se mantiene la boca sana (What Keeps Your Mouth Healthy)
This video tells children in grades 1 and 2 what they can do to prevent tooth decay.  
 Así crecen los dientes (How Teeth Grow)
For children in grades 1 and 2, this video explains why baby teeth are important and when teeth (both baby and adult) come in.  

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This page last updated: May 01, 2015