“As clinicians we are lifelong learners. Addressing gaps in knowledge is important,” said Kevin Ewanchyna, M.D., and chief medical officer for Samaritan Health Plans. “Smiles for Life can help fill any gaps that occur when it comes to better understanding oral health and its interactions with systemic health overall.”
Smiles for Life Curriculum
- Course 1: The Relationship of Oral to Systemic Health
- Course 2: Child Oral Health
- Course 3: Adult Oral Health
- Course 4: Acute Dental Problems
- Course 5: Oral Health & the Pregnant Patient
- Course 6: Caries Risk Assessment, Fluoride Varnish & Counseling
- Course 7: The Oral Examination
- Course 8: Geriatric Oral Health
While a more complete understanding of oral health will be gained by completing the entire curriculum, providers may take courses individually based on their interests or needs without completing all eight courses.
For example, the American Academy of Pediatrics reviewed and approved two courses—Courses Two and Six— to qualify for CE credits. Another example is that many patient’s oral health needs do not cleanly fall under one course. So when treating a pregnant patient it may be beneficial to complete Courses One, Five and Seven.
- Child Oral Health: Summarizes key knowledge areas in child oral health and includes information on counseling at well child visits, a tooth eruption chart, and fluoride prescribing guidelines.
- Acute Dental Problems: Summarizes key knowledge involving dental emergencies and includes information on the differential diagnosis, management and prevention of oral pain and trauma.
- Adult Oral Health: Summarizes key knowledge areas in adult oral health and includes recommendations for the prevention of caries and periodontal disease, treatment for xerostomia and common denture problems, and guidelines for antibiotic prophylaxis and anticoagulation management prior to oral procedures.
- Prenatal: Summarizes key knowledge involving dental care for pregnant patients.
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If you are interested in learning more about Smiles for Life, please visit their website at www.smilesforlifeoralhealth.org. If you would like more information about integrating oral health programs and services in your clinic, please contact us and let us know you would like to be connected with one of our dental coordinators.