Smiles for Life National Oral Health Curriculum: Module 2. Child Oral Health

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9193 July 5, 2012 8


Smiles for Life Module 2, Child Oral Health, focuses on educating healthcare providers who care for children. The course covers the definition of, consequences, risk factors, recognition, and prevention of early childhood caries, as well as providing a review of common oral developmental concerns.

Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum is a product of the Group on Oral Health of The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Smiles for Life is the nation’s most comprehensive and widely used oral health curriculum designed for primary care clinicians. The 8 module course covers the relationship of oral to systemic health, child oral health, adult oral health, dental emergencies, oral health in pregnancy, fluoride varnish, and the oral examination.

The complete curriculum is web-based and is designed as an interactive educational tool for both individuals and groups from all aspects of the health care profession. It includes interactive online courses and clinical cases for individual and small group education, downloadable PowerPoint modules suitable for larger group presentations, instructional videos, and patient education materials. Free access to all materials is available at

The Smiles for Life (SFL) Curriculum including Module 2 Child Oral Health have been endorsed by:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Physician Assistant Education Association
  • Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health
  • American Association of Public Health Dentistry
  • Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association

The SFL Curriculum has been downloaded from our website more than 140,000 times ( including:

  • 58,000 courses
  • 77,000 supplements
  • 11,000 online courses completed

The SFL Curriculum is:

  • The core oral health curriculum used in 30+ medical schools.
  • Utilized in most Family Medicine residency programs nationwide.
  • Core curriculum for National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health.

The SFL curriculum was awarded the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine (STFM) Innovative Program Award honoring excellence in development of an educational program in 2007 and received Letters of Commendation from the American Dental Association and American Academy of Family Physicians’ (AAFP) Commission on Education in 2011.


Clark M, Douglass A, Deutchman M, Douglass J, Gonsalves W, Maier R, Quinonez R, Silk H, Tysinger J, Wrightson A. Smiles for Life National Oral Health Curriculum: Module 2. Child Oral Health. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2012. Available from:

Educational Objectives

  1. To discuss the prevalence, etiology, and consequences of Early Childhood Caries (ECC).
  2. To recognize the various stages of ECC on oral examination.
  3. To assess a child's risk of developing ECC.
  4. To implement prevention of ECC through use of fluoride, proper hygiene, diet, and appropriate dental referral.
  5. To discuss common dental developmental issues in children and offer appropriate guidance to parents.


  • Early Childhood Caries, Building Oral Health Capacity (BOHC) Collection


  • Medical
    • Pediatrics
    • Preventive Medicine
  • Dental
    • Preventive Dentistry


  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Knowledge for Practice
  • Patient Care
  • Practice-based Learning & Improvement
  • Systems-based Practice

Professional Interest

  • Health Education
  • Oral Health
  • Quality Improvement

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Learning
  • Lecture
  • Problem-based Learning (PBL)

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Exam
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Resident


  • Presentation

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