Smiles for Life

The American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed the child-focused modules of the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Smiles for Life National Oral Health Curriculum. This curriculum is designed to educate primary care clinicians in the promotion of oral health for all age groups.

The Smiles for Life curriculum consists of eight 45-minute modules covering core areas of oral health relevant to medical clinicians. AAP CME credit for Module 6, Caries Risk Assessment, Fluoride Varnish, and Counseling has been approved. This continuing medical education activity has been reviewed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is acceptable for a maximum of 1.00 AAP credit. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Oral Health Education Modules

Caries Risk Assessment, Fluoride Varnish, and Counseling Module

This course focuses on caries prevention. It offers a brief review of early childhood caries and addresses how the use of fluoride is part of a comprehensive approach to a child’s oral health. Specifically, clinicians will learn the benefits, appropriate safety precautions, and dosing for fluoride, as well as how to apply fluoride varnish and provide adequate follow-up care. If you have taken the Child Oral Health Module it is not necessary to take this course in addition. This course takes 1 hour to complete.

Smiles for Life offers several other modules targeted towards the adult population including the pregnant patient, oral to systemic health, acute dental problems, and others.

Child Oral Health Module

This course addresses the prevalence, etiology, and consequences of early childhood caries. Clinicians will learn to assess risk factors, recognize the various stages of early childhood caries, and counsel patients on preventative techniques. This module will also discuss common oral developmental issues in children such as teething, eruption hematomas, and non-nutritive sucking. This course takes 1 hour to complete. If this training is completed it is not necessary to also take the Fluoride Varnish Module.

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Smiles for Life Reference Materials

Smiles for Life provides reference materials to help you to incorporate oral health services in to your practice including an oral health pocket card, posters, videos and more.