STFM App Helps FPs With Oral Health Diagnosis, Treatment

January 25, 2016 11:48 am News Staff

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) is informing family physicians about its innovative Smiles for Life Oral Health App( -- part of its national Smiles for Life( oral health curriculum.

[Physician using smartphone]

The STFM app is intended to help family physicians formulate diagnoses and management plans for oral health issues in real time.

Physicians can select an algorithm based on a patient's concern or a physical exam finding, and the decision tool presents a series of questions to help formulate a diagnosis and treatment plan. An extensive photo gallery of tooth and oral soft tissue findings is included, as well. The practical advice is intended to aid clinicians in providing the best care for their patients.

STFM's oral health app is available on iTunes( and Google Play.(

The app expands Smiles for Life's offerings from its national oral health core curriculum, which consists of eight online modules that cover oral health issues across the lifespan. Each of the modules takes about 45 minutes to complete and includes downloadable materials for self-study or presentation to others. The curriculum has been reviewed and is eligible for up to 8.50 AAFP Prescribed credits.

The entire curriculum of eight modules has been endorsed by 15 professional organizations, including the Academy. Some modules specific to certain patient populations have received additional endorsements.

Smiles for Life is a key tool in the greater campaign to integrate oral health into primary care.

Back in December, AAFP News covered the Academy's support of a new model for delivering preventive oral health care as a component of routine medical care and enhancing partnerships between primary care and dentistry.

The model, dubbed the Oral Health Delivery Framework, was presented in a white paper( titled Oral Health: An Essential Component of Primary Care, which was released by population health care consultant Qualis Health.

In addition, the AAFP has supported the American Academy of Pediatrics' Campaign for Dental Health,( and also has sponsored a member interest group for family physicians who share an interest in promoting oral health.

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