Brush is committed to promoting oral health in primary care settings!  We offer professional development training on the importance of oral health and training on integrating “lift the lip” exams and applying flouride varnish.  Our parent resources include a line of oral health handouts which tie into the schedule of well baby/well child visits and original children’s books on oral health.  We also offer curriculum and training for nurses and home visitors.

Professional Development

A two-hour Brush! training is available for early childhood educators, home visitors and professional staff.  During this interactive training, participants learn about the state of pediatric decay in the US; how primary teeth relate to a child’s growth and development; how oral health affects school success; how to identify and prevent decay; how nutrition relates to decay; and how to use the Brush! curriculum and parent materials.  A 4-hour Brush! Train the Trainer is also available for those who wish to be able to present the 2-hour Brush! training to staff in their center or organization.

Brush! Training Descriptions:

A two-hour training is available for educators using the curriculum. This training can be done in-person, or through online video. The training addresses the connection between children’s oral health and school success, and the use of the Brush! oral health curriculum to reduce dental decay. Educators who complete the training receive a certificate.

We recommend all staff complete the Brush! two-hour training before beginning use of the curriculum or parent newsletters.

Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the ways in which primary teeth are important to a child’s health and success in school
  • Understand the importance of primary teeth in child development
  • Understand the characteristics and causes of dental decay
  • Learn about the importance of nutrition in preventing decay
  • Learn how to use the Brush! curriculum and parent materials to promote dental health in both the classroom and in the home environment

After this training participants will be a certified Brush! trainer and able to lead staff/students in the two-hour Brush! training which covers:

  • The nationwide problem of dental decay in preschool age children
  • The research showing the link between oral health and school success
  • The Primary Tooth Timeline – how teeth relate to a child’s development and what happens when the natural timeline is interrupted by decay
  • The causes of dental decay and the symptoms
  • The relation between nutrition and decay
  • How to use the Brush! curriculum
  • Health literacy

Participants will receive:

  • A certificate naming them as a certified trainer
  • The Primary Tooth Timeline pictures
  • A Brush! curriculum guide
  • The Brush! DVD
  • A mouth model
  • The Brush! training PowerPoint with teacher’s notes.
  • PDF copies of Brush! training handouts

Train the Trainer kit valued at $113.00

Higher Risk: Students with Disabilities

For your entire staff
Children with special needs have the highest rates of dental decay. Learn about why their rates of decay are so high and how you can help parents understand the importance of oral health for special needs children. 1 hour.

Educating Parents Through Home Visiting

For your entire staff
Teaching about oral health through home visits has been proven to be an effective way to reduce dental decay in young children. Learn how to use the Flip Chart and other parent resources during your home visits. Role playing scenarios allow your educators to leave with valuable information on how to effectively teach parent about oral health. 1 hour.

Why Won’t Parents Do What We Want? How Health Literacy Affects Our Success

Length: 3-4 hours
SUTQ Approved
Lead Trainer: Holli Seabury

Session Description:
Health literacy and health communication affect whether parents complete health requirements or needed follow-up recommended by a physician or dentist, and establish healthy habits in the home. Learn about the new research on literacy rates and health literacy, and how this research should change how we communicate with parents. We will use real-world examples to learn how we can re-frame our communication to parents to tie into their core values, how to identify parent materials that focus on health literacy, and the concepts to use when creating parent communications. The “word gap” and how being raised in poverty can actually change brain development and behavior will also be explored. This session will change how you communicate with parents, both orally and in writing.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define health literacy.
  • Identify the core values held by most parents and how to reframe communications to meet those values.
  • Identify 3 concepts used to create parent materials that focus on health literacy.
  • Define the term “word gap” and identify how the word gap affects children.

Talking to Parents About Tough Topics – How to Use Motivational Interviewing

Length: 3 hours
SUTQ Approved
Lead Trainer: Holli Seabury

Session Description
Does this sound familiar? You are talking to a parent about a tough topic and they are playing on their phone, ignoring you, or even worse, getting very angry? This session will help learners understand communication differences and how we frame our messaging can make all the difference in how successful our conversations are. Learn how Motivational Interviewing techniques can help us to re-frame our communication with parents, and the research behind why certain types of communication styles work and others don’t. This session will give you the tools to have those tough conversations and to be more successful in helping parents make positive changes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define motivational interviewing.
  • Identify the core values held by most parents and how to reframe communications to meet those values.
  • Identify the parts of the OARS approach used in motivational interviewing.

The Truth About Childhood Obesity

Length: 2 hours
SUTQ Approved
Lead Trainer: Holli Seabury

Session Description:
New research shows that childhood obesity may change the way a child’s whole metabolism is working – and changes it during a critical developmental time frame. In this training we will look at the long-term outcomes of childhood obesity and new information on the causes of childhood obesity. We will also examine what the research has shown does and does not work when communicating to parents and when designing intervention programs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learners will understand the most recent trends in childhood obesity rates.
  • Learners will be able to name at least two practices parents practice in early infancy that lead to childhood obesity.
  • Learners will understand how best to frame messaging to parents about childhood obesity. 

Trainer Bio: Holli Seabury is the CEO of McMillen Health in Fort Wayne, IN. McMillen Health educators present their 76 prevention programs to over 50,000 youth and adults nationwide each year. Holli holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis in educational technology from the University of Florida. She is the creator of the Brush Oral Health Curriculum and the author of the children’s books I Brush My Teeth and I Need My Teeth. She presents numerous professional development programs each year at conferences and for Head Start/Early Head Start. Holli is married and the mother of 7 children, ages 6 to 26.