This report provides evidence-based recommendations for the use of professionally applied topical fluorides to prevent dental caries. The report addresses the impact of topical fluoride vs. no topical fluoride on new and early carious lesions; which topical fluoride was most effective in preventing, arresting, or reversing dental caries; and whether an oral prophylaxis before application improved fluoride uptake.
This document describes efforts to expand payment to primary care health professionals for preventive oral health services during well-child visits for children enrolled in Medicaid. Topics include state Medicaid programs paying primary care health professionals to perform caries risk assessment and apply fluoride varnish and efforts to promote changes in policies and procedures.
This brief presents information to help professionals design, implement, and evaluate community-based programs that use fluoride varnish. Topics include a definition of fluoride varnish and how it prevents tooth decay; the characteristics, effectiveness, and safety of fluoride varnish; and recommendations for using fluoride varnish. The brief also provides tips for selecting cost-effective community and school dental caries prevention programs.
This report describes a program to prevent oral disease and address barriers to oral health care for infants and young children from families with low incomes in Roanoke Valley, VA, by conducting in-home education and screening, applying fluoride varnish, and providing referrals. The report discusses the program’s goals and objectives, methodology, evaluation, outcomes, product dissemination and use, and sustainability. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]
This kit contains materials for use by community or school oral health programs in applying for product donations. Contents include eligibility requirements; a partnership agreement; a form for programs to request dental sealant and fluoride varnish products as well as toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, and other products; and a report form to describe program results.