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Smiles for Life


The American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed the child-focused courses of the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum. This curriculum is designed to educate primary care clinicians in the promotion of oral health for all age groups.

The Smiles for Life curriculum consists of eight courses covering core areas of oral health relevant to medical clinicians. AAP CME credit for Course 2, Child Oral Health and Course 6, Caries Risk Assessment, Fluoride Varnish, and Counseling has been approved. These continuing medical education activities have been reviewed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and are acceptable for a maximum of 1.00 AAP credit each. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Course 2: Child Oral Health
This course discusses common issues during oral development, including teething, eruption hematomas, and non-nutritive sucking. Additionally, it addresses the prevalence, etiology, and consequences of early childhood caries (ECC). It teaches how to assess risk factors for ECC and recognize the different stages of ECC. The course also reviews oral examination techniques and covers how to discuss ECC prevention strategies with patients and caregivers. This course takes 1 hour to complete.

Course 6: Caries Risk Assessment, Fluoride Varnish, and Counseling Course
This course focuses on caries prevention. It offers a brief review of early childhood caries and addresses how the use of fluoride is part of a comprehensive approach to a child's oral health. Specifically, clinicians will learn the benefits, appropriate safety precautions, and dosing for fluoride, as well as how to apply fluoride varnish and provide adequate follow-up care. If you have taken the Child Oral Health Module it is not necessary to taken the ourse in addition. This course takes 1 hour to complete.​​

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