Smiles for Life National Oral Health Curriculum: Module 5. Oral Health in Pregnancy

Publication ID Published Version
9259 November 6, 2012 1


Smiles for Life Module 5, Pregnancy and Oral Health, covers topics for health care providers who take care of prenatal patients. The module covers a range of topics including oral diseases of pregnancy, complications of these diseases on the pregnancy, safety of dental interventions in pregnancy and how to promote oral health for pregnant women and their new born children.

Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum is a product of the Working Group on Oral Health of The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians. 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


Silk H, Douglass A, Maier R, Clark M, Deutchman M, Douglass J, Gonsalves W, Quinonez R, Tysinger J, Wrightson A. Smiles for Life National Oral Health Curriculum: Module 5. Oral Health in Pregnancy. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2012. Available from:​adea/​publication/​9259​10.15766/​mep_2374-8265.9259

Contains time-sensitive information that will likely be inaccurate, obsolete, or irrelevant by August 27, 2015

Contains Information Suitable for Patient Education

Educational Objectives

  1. To describe basic oral anatomy, terminology, and performance of the oral examination.
  2. To develop familiarity with etiology and risk factors of periodontal disease and dental caries.
  3. To understand the evidence for periodontitis affecting pregnancy outcomes.
  4. To understand the evidence for caries risk transmission from mother to child.
  5. To manage other oral conditions in pregnancy.
  6. To understand the safety of common dental interventions in pregnancy.
  7. To promote oral health in pregnant women and newborn children.


  • Pregnancy (MeSH), Prenatal, Periodontitis (MeSH), Caries, Building Oral Health Capacity (BOHC) Collection


  • Medical
    • Family Medicine
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology
    • Pediatrics
      • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Dental
    • Advanced Dental Education
    • Dental Public Health
    • General Practice Residency
    • Periodontics


  • Knowledge for Practice
  • Patient Care

Professional Interest

  • Health Education
  • Oral Health
  • Women's Health

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Learning
  • Lecture

Organ Systems

  • Gastrointestinal system

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student
    • Public Health Student


  • Presentation

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