Teeth Under Construction... Healthy Smile in Progress

Teeth Under Construction is curriculum designed to teach parents how to prevent dental disease in their children while at the same time nurturing the development of their child to help them reach their full human potential.


In 1997 the Cowlitz Community Health Partners received a grant from the Division of Client Services, State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services/Medical Assistance Administration (DSHS/MAA) to create curriculum for parents to help them prevent dental disease in their children.

Once completed the use of these parent education materials were recommended by DSHS/MAA to be used with all Medicaid families in Washington State and is now available for use nation wide for a small fee.

Copyright Obtained:

Because of the success of the program the Partners obtained a copyright for the curriculum so anyone desiring to use the material outside of Washington State must have written permission.

Since the curriculum was created thousands of families in Southwest Washington have received this training. Klamath County Health Department in Oregon replicated the curriculum for use in its Early Childhood Cavity Prevention Program funded in part by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant. Their program, and use of the parent education materials they call "tool kits", have received national attention for their innovative dental intervention with pregnant mothers designed to prevent dental disease in their children after birth.

Now Available to your Agency:

In Washington State: If you are an agency in Washington State and you desire to replicate the curriculum, simply contact the Community Health Partners for permission to replicate at no cost.

Outside of Washington State: The fee for permission for agencies outside of Washington State to replicate the materials is a one-time cost of $250.

What do you get for the $250 Fee?

  1. Curriculum book with instructions for use and copies of parent education handouts.
  2. Samples of one Educational Aid packet and the vendor list for purchase of materials to be used in creating all of the recommended Educational Aid packets.
  3. Spanish translated parent education materials.

For More Information, or to Order the Materials, Contact:

Darlene Smolen
Community Health Partners
email: neloms@msn.com