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Bright Smiles from Birth: An Oral Health Education Program

This course will provide an overview of oral health in young children and how to apply fluoride varnish. Upon completion of this course, Illinois primary care providers are eligible to enroll with Medicaid to receive reimbursement for application of fluoride varnish.  You must complete the post test and evaluation to be enrolled in the program.

NOTE: CME is not currently available for this course


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Welcome to the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Bright Smiles from Birth online education module.  Bright Smiles from Birth is a program designed to provide information on children’s oral health to primary care providers and their staff.   The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that primary care providers begin providing oral health risk assessments and anticipatory guidance at 6 months. The Bright Smiles from Birth curriculum will provide the necessary tools and education to provide oral health education and application of fluoride varnish into well child visits. 



Bright Smiles from Birth was developed in partnership with multiple organizations.  Thank you to the efforts of the following groups:

Overview and Objectives

After completion of the Bight Smiles from Birth Training module, individuals will be able to: 


  • Describe the pathogenesis of early childhood caries (ECC)
  • Determine risk factors associated with ECC
  • Conduct an oral health screening and apply fluoride varnish
  • Provide anticipatory guidance to families including parents
  • Referral to Dental Home when appropriate
  • State the importance of pediatricians’ role in oral health

Upon completion of the presentation, primary care providers in Illinois will be eligible to receive Medicaid reimbursement for application of fluoride varnish on children under three.


CME Statement

CME Credit is NOT currently available for this course.