According to the Smiles for Life website, it is ?the nation's only comprehensive oral health curriculum. Developed by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Group on Oral Health and now in its third edition, this curriculum is designed to enhance the role of primary care clinicians in the promotion of oral health for all age groups through the development and dissemination of high-quality educational resources.?
Courses include The Relationship of Oral to Systemic Health, Child Oral Health, Adult Oral Health, Acute Dental Problems, Oral Health for Women, Caries Risk Assessment?Flouride Varnish & Counseling, The Oral Exmination, and Geriatric Oral Health.
Other sponsors of the program include the American Academy of Family Physicians, National Association of Community Health Centers, American Dental Association, American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Physician Assistant Education Association among many others.
According to the Dental Tribune, the curriculum enables a wider network of health professionals to access quality oral health information and education at no cost, leading to increased collaboration for clinicians.
?ADHA understands how essential collaborative partnerships are to linking oral health and total health,? ADHA President Dr. Denise Bowers said. ?Smiles for Life gives current and future health care professionals a strong foundation in oral care and is committed to maintaining relevancy in a changing health care landscape.?