This resource is a learning module that addresses the nature, prevalence, and consequences of oral disease throughout the life cycle, with a focus on correlations between oral and systemic health. Clinicians learn their role in preventing oral disease, addressing frequently encountered oral problems, and promoting oral health among their patients. This resource 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.
By the end of this module, learners should be able to:
- Discuss the prevalence and sequelae of oral disease.
- Recognize the interrelationships between oral and systemic disease.
- Highlight the role of the primary care clinician in promoting oral health.
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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.
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