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

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Presentation 9193 1 July 5, 2012


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


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; 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
    • Pediatric Dentistry
    • Preventive Dentistry

Competencies Addressed

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

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Exam
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Professional Interest

  • Health Education
  • Oral Health
  • Quality Improvement

Intended Audience

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

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Study
  • Lecture
  • Problem-based Learning

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