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Smiles for Life CE credits available for dentists

October 01, 2015

By Michelle Manchir


Dentists can receive CE credits for Smiles for Life, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine's national online oral health curriculum.
    
The curriculum, which consists of eight online 45- to 60-minute courses, covers topics including the relationship of oral to systemic health, child oral health, acute dental problems and geriatric oral health.
    
"We hope that offering continuing dental education credit for the Smiles for Life curriculum will encourage dental professionals to learn more about oral-systemic health connections, the role of primary care in oral health prevention and how all health professions can work collaboratively to support each other and ultimately improve patient care delivery," said Dr. Melinda Clark, M.D., the Smiles for Life editor.
    
The ADA in 2012 officially endorsed the curriculum, which was first released in 2005.
    
"It was a logical step to take," said Dr. John Fisher, member of ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. "As we work to establish more collaborative relationships with our medical colleagues, it would be worthwhile for members to take advantage of the offer and see what other healthcare professionals are learning about oral health."

The curriculum is available at no cost with sponsorship from the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health and offers 8.5 dental CE credits.
    
"ADA offering of this curriculum to their members, who are all dental experts, reaffirms their commitment to broadening the scope of oral health care within the health care system, promoting preventive care, and advancing the delivery of oral health care to the public," said Dr. Clark.
    
For more information and to access the courses, visit smilesforlifeoralhealth.org.