Smiles for Life Curriculum

51 Smiles for Life Utilization ReportsThe Smiles for Life oral health curriculum ( is a series of educational resources aimed at integrating oral health and primary care. It is web-based and interactive and can be used by both individuals and health educators in academic settings. Among other resources, it includes educational objectives based on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competencies, test questions, resources for further learning, oral health web links, an implementation guide, and detailed outlines of the modules. 

To obtain Continuing Education (CE) credit for these online courses, users must register on the website, score 80 percent or higher on the post-course assessment, and complete a brief post-course survey. Since the launch of the Smiles for Life website in June 2010, approximately 59,000 registered users have obtained CE credit for one or more courses.

Annual reports share utilization data showing there were over 18,000 CE registered users in 2016-2017, representing a 24 percent increase from the previous year. Smiles for Life usage in 2016-2017 was spread across all 50 U.S. states; more than three - quarters of the states had over 100 CE registered users.

37 About the map (click to enlarge): This map shows the number of CE registered users on the Smiles for Life website between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. States with higher numbers of Smiles for Life users have darker shading. Dots represent institutions (primarily universities) with 50 or more CE registered users during the year (see list at right).

36 The map highlights the important role that universities play in spreading Smiles for Life — 55 of the 72 dots on the map are universities with 50 or more CE registered users. All 72 high-user institutions are listed at right (click to enlarge).

LimitationsBecause the map is based only on numbers of CE registered users tracked on the website, it represents an undercount of Smiles for Life utilization. Some individuals complete the online courses without registering on the website, some do not obtain CE credit for the course(s), and some organizations download the courses for use in academic settings or workplace trainings in which users do not register on the website. These users are not included in the website data.