Pediatricians and other medical providers can play an important role in children's oral health outcomes and improve the overall health of children. Children who may not have the opportunity to see a dentist are well served by pediatricians who are knowledgeable about oral health.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is committed to helping pediatricians and other health providers learn how to identify oral disease, provide caries prevention services, and determine when to refer a to a dentist.
Find options for quality improvement resources, online modules, and training videos to increase your oral health knowledge and improve your practice, patient care, and care coordination.
The PACT online training curriculum is no longer available. The AAP Section on Oral Health is working to create new resources for child oral health online training that will cover many of the same topics covered in PACT. Educators can still use the content previously included in PACT and available here. Educators are able to download these pre-made PowerPoint presentations to be given to medical students and pediatricians in training. It includes in depth information about child oral health, oral health guidance, and preventive care to help students become more comfortable in recognizing dental disease and conditions and in communicating with dental professionals. CME credit for presenting this content is not available from the AAP.
Bright Futures Oral Health Resources
The Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision for Infants, Children, and Adolescents prioritizes oral health as a major health topic to be included in practice. View the Bright Futures: Oral Health Pocket Guide as well as
practice guides and other Bright Futures resources.
Education and Quality Improvement in Pediatric Practice (EQIPP)
EQIPP features the Oral Health in Primary Care course that discusses the importance of dental home referral, caries risk assessment, anticipatory guidance, and fluoride varnish application. More information about this quality improvement resource can be found on the
Developed by the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine, the
Smiles for Life National Oral Health Curriculum has 2 child-focused modules:
These modules are endorsed by the AAP and approved for continuing medical education.