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

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9259 November 6, 2012 8


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

The Smiles for Life (SFL) Curriculum including Module 5 Pregnancy and 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.


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:

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, Prenatal, Periodontitis, Caries, Building Oral Health Capacity (BOHC) Collection, Public Health Sciences, Population Health


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


  • Knowledge for Practice
  • Patient Care

Professional Interest

  • Health Education
  • Oral Health
  • Population Health
  • Quality Improvement
  • Women's Health

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Learning
  • Lecture

Organ Systems

  • Gastrointestinal system

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Intended Audience

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


  • Presentation

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