Smiles for Life National Oral Health Curriculum: Module 1. The Relationship of Oral to Systemic Health

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Presentation 9195 1 July 13, 2012
University of Colorado


This module is the first module in the Smiles for Life National Oral Health Curriculum. It addresses the nature, prevalence, and consequences of oral disease throughout the life cycle with a focus on correlations between oral and systemic health. Clinicians will learn their role in preventing oral disease, addressing frequently encountered oral problems, and promoting oral health among their patients.

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


Deutchman M, Douglass A, Clark M, Douglass J, Gonsalves W, Maier R, Quinonez R, Silk H, Tysinger J, Wrightson A. Smiles for Life National Oral Health Curriculum: Module 1. The Relationship of Oral to Systemic Health. MedEdPORTAL; 2012. Available from:

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Educational Objectives

  1. To discuss the prevalence and sequelae of oral disease.
  2. To recognize the interrelationships between oral and systemic disease.
  3. To highlight the role of the primary care clinician in promoting oral health.


  • Oral Health (MeSH), Oral-Systemic Connection, Building Oral Health Capacity (BOHC) Collection


  • Medical
    • Family Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology
    • Preventive Medicine
    • Surgery-General


  • Dental
    • Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment
    • Basic Sciences Assessment
    • Clinical Exam
    • Dental Public Health
    • Epidemiology
    • Establishment & Maintenance of Oral Health
    • Health Promotion
    • Intro to Clinical Medicine

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Medical Knowledge
    • Patient Care
  • Dental
    • Critical Thinking
    • Health Promotion
    • Patient Care
    • Preclinical & Clinical Skills

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Biostatistics & Epidemiology
  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Exam

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student
    • Pharmacy Student
  • University/College Graduate
  • University/College Undergraduate

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Study
  • Lecture

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