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

Published: July 5, 2012 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9193

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  • BOHC Toolkit.pdf
  • Smiles for Life Module 2 Child Oral Health.pps
  • Smiles for Life Module 2 Instructor's Guide.doc
  • Smiles for Life Module 2 Speaker Notes.pdf

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This resource focuses on educating health care providers who care for children. The course covers the definition, consequences, risk factors, recognition, and prevention of early childhood caries, as well as providing a review of common oral developmental concerns. This module is designed as an interactive educational tool for both individuals and groups from all aspects of the health care profession. It is a part of the series Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum, the nation’s most comprehensive and widely used oral health curriculum designed for primary care clinicians. The eight-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.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this module, learners should be able to:

  1. Discuss the prevalence, etiology, and consequences of early childhood caries (ECC).
  2. Recognize the various stages of ECC on oral examination.
  3. Assess a child’s risk of developing ECC.
  4. Implement prevention of ECC through use of fluoride, proper hygiene, diet, and appropriate dental referral.
  5. Discuss common dental developmental issues in children and offer appropriate guidance to parents.

Author Information

  • Melinda Clark: Albany Medical Center
  • Alan Douglass: Middlesex Hospital
  • Mark Deutchman: University of Colorado
  • Joanna Douglass: University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
  • Wanda Gonsalves: Medical University of South Carolina
  • Russell Maier: Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Rocio Quinonez: Schools of Dentistry and Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Hugh Silk: University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • James Tysinger: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • A. Stevens Wrightson: University of Kentucky College of Medicine

None to report.

Development of the Smiles for Life curriculum was supported by unrestricted grants from the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH), which in turn was funded by the Dentaquest Foundation, Washington Dental Service Foundation, and Connecticut Health Foundation. This project is also sponsored in part by funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration/Maternal Child Health Bureau grant #U44MC20223.


Clark M, Douglass A, Deutchman M, et al. Smiles for Life National Oral Health Curriculum: module 2. Child oral health. MedEdPORTAL. 2012;8:9193. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9193

This publication is co-sponsored by the American Dental Education Association.