Smiles for Moms and Babies

HTSMB_PregnanthispanicmomDid you know?

Good oral health is important for a healthy pregnancy. The Smiles for Moms and Babies (SMB) project focuses on reducing the prevalence of oral disease in pregnant women and infants and emphasizes the importance of oral care before, during and after pregnancy. The SMB project works with Texas home visiting programs and demonstrates the role home visitors have in preventing dental disease.

Project objective: Promoting oral health among pregnant women and babies through the following activities: 

  •  Integrating oral health into Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), Parents as Teachers (PAT), and other home visiting
  •  Developing and disseminating Texas Perinatal, Infant, and Early Childhood Oral Health Guidelines.
  •  Educating medical and dental providers about the importance  and safety of dental care during pregnancy.

Want to learn more about what to expect at baby's first dental visit?

In the video, Baby Steps for Tiny Teeth, a pregnant mom learns about the importance of bringing her baby to the dentist before age 1. She also learns how to take care of her baby’s teeth and what to expect when she brings her baby in for his first dental visit.

Need to see a dentist?

There are free and low-cost dental services for pregnant women in Texas.

 Texas Health Steps Title V Fee for Service Value-added Dental Services Community Health Centers Dental Hygiene Schools Dental Schools
 AgeMedicaid eligible pregnant women up to the age of 20Pregnant women (any age) may receive these services till up to 3-months post-partumPregnant women 21 years of age and aboveAny ageAny ageAny age
Dental ServicesComprehensive dental care including periodic dental checkups, preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, and limited orthodontic and emergency dental servicesComprehensive and periodic oral evaluations, X-Rays, and preventive and therapeutic dental servicesHealth plans may offer pregnant women added benefits to include dental services.  Check with your health planMostly preventive. Contact center directly for more information on other servicesMostly preventive. Contact programs directly for more information on other servicesPreventive, restorative and emergency services. Contact school directly for more information
 EligibilityFamily income at or below 133% of FPL Family income at or below 185% FPL Family income at or below 185% FPL Based on family income for those without insuranceContact programs directly for financial eligibility.Contact programs directly for financial eligibility.
 Cost FREECo-pay may be assessed.Varies by health planSliding scale fee scale  Low-cost Low-cost 


2-1-1 is a free help line that is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An operator will help the person calling find the resources they need in their community. All calls are answered by real people, not a recording, who can answer questions in more than 90 languages. The operator can also assist in locating dental services. More information on 2-1-1 can be found at

Perinatal Resources


Last updated September 6, 2019