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Oral Health Tutorial

What is the Oral Health Tutorial?

This educational program has two main sections.  One is designed for medical personnel and advanced home care providers and is specific to learning early childhood caries (ECC) recognition, while the other section is designed for parents, caregivers, and non-dental professionals who work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and children with disabilities. 

These main sections are divided as shown on the menu below, and each listed sub-section discusses oral health concerns faced by many caregivers and health care advocates, especially concerning those children with various special needs.  We hope the tutorials presented will help to improve your knowledge and participation in the oral health care of child(ren) under your care.


In order to gain full access to the training modules, please visit the Training page and register at the bottom of the page.  


1. Tutorial on Early Childhood Caries (ECC) identification for medical personnel and advanced home care advocates. (Includes a pre- and a post-test)

Oral Health Pre-Test

General Tutorial/ECC

Oral Health Post-Test

2. Tutorials for parents, caregivers, and non-dental professionals

Please note: We are currently redesigning the disability oral health modules. We apologize for the inconvenience.

General Tutorial on Oral Health for Individuals with Disabilities

Oral Health - Down Syndrome

Oral Health - Autism Spectrum Disorders

Oral Health - Cerebral Palsy


About the ECC tutorial

Cavities in young children are known as Early Childhood Caries (ECC).  ECC is now an epidemic.  It can cause children great pain, loss of vigor, poor appetite or other significant problems.  It is preventable.  If ECC develops, it is better to treat at early stages rather than to wait so that permanent teeth are not damaged.

Children and adults with disabilities are at risk for many dental problems.  Other tutorials in this set will highlight the oral health needs of this population.

What are the learning objectives?

This program is designed to help professionals identify early signs of ECC, differentiate ECC from other dental problems, counsel families about prevention, and refer children with cavities to a dentist.

How much does the tutorial cost?

The tutorial is free.  We are arranging a mechanism to get Continuing Education (CE or CME) credits for the program.  The credits will cost a modest amount.

When can I take the tutorial?

You can use this site at your leisure.  It will require a total of about an hour, which can be broken up over a few sessions.

Anything else to know?

You are on the front line in the campaign to prevent and reduce Early Childhood Caries.  Most children do not get to their first dental visit until they are at least 3 years of age, despite recommendations from professional organizations to go at younger ages.  This tutorial should help you to advocate for dental care for children with early signs of problems.