Bright Smiles from Birth

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Bright Smiles From Birth Physician Resources | Family Resources

Bright Smiles from Birth is an oral health education program for primary care providers that provides education on the prevention of early childhood caries and integrating oral health into well child visits. Providers who complete the program are eligible to to bill Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services or Medicaid for application of fluoride varnish. Federal Qualified Health Centers from across the state may also participate in the program.


Physician Resources

On this page you can find the latest information on the online Bright Smiles from Birth training, consent forms, information on fluoride and other oral health information for primary care providers.

Family Resources

This page contains downloadable and reproducible resources for families to learn about oral health for their young children.¬† These resources are available in English and Spanish. Parents can find information about oral health strategies dealing with: Baby teeth and early childhood caries, Plaque and tooth decay, How to brush and floss a child’s teeth, Fluoride varnish, Dental visits and more…


Bright Smiles from Birth was developed as a collaborative effort between ICAAP, the University of Illinois at Chicago pediatric dental program, the Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists, Michael Reese Health Trust, and the Illinois Departments of Public Health and Healthcare and Family Services. The program is funded by the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

If you are interested or would like to learn more about this program, please contact:

Dru O’Rourke
Manager, Prevention Programs
1400 W. Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60642
312/733-1026, ext 207
Fax: 312/733-1791