Smiles for Life National Oral health Curriculum: Module 7. The Oral Examination

Format Publication ID Version Published
Presentation 9197 1 July 16, 2012
University of Colorado

Description

Smiles for Life Module 7, The Oral Examination addresses how to perform consistent and thorough oral examinations of children and adults. Clinicians will learn to differentiate between normal and abnormal findings, and will develop an awareness of the needs of special populations such as the elderly or medically compromised individuals.

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 www.smilesforlifeoralhealth.org.

Citation

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 7. The Oral Examination. MedEdPORTAL; 2012. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/9197

Contains time-sensitive information that will likely be inaccurate, obsolete, or irrelevant by March 01, 2015

Contains Information Suitable for Patient Education

Educational Objectives

  1. To review basic oral anatomy and characteristics of healthy teeth.
  2. To use proper equipment to perform an oral examination on adults, infants, and children.
  3. To perform a consistent, thorough, and nonthreatening oral examination of infants and children.
  4. To perform a consistent, thorough oral, face, and neck examination of adults.
  5. To understand some of the differences between normal and abnormal findings.
  6. To develop awareness of particular challenges involved in the examination of special populations.

Keywords

  • Building Oral Health Capacity (BOHC) Collection

Specialty

  • Medical
    • Family Medicine
    • Internal Medicine

Discipline

  • Dental
    • Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment
    • Patient Care
    • Physical Diagnosis

Competencies Addressed

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

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Exam
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Professional Interest

  • Evaluation of Clinical Performance
  • Instructional Materials/Methods
  • Oral Health
  • Quality Improvement

Organ Systems

  • Gastrointestinal system

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Study
  • Lecture

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