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Resource Highlights: Focus on Fluoride Varnish

This collection of selected resources offers high-quality information about fluoride varnish. Use the tools below for further searching, or contact us for personalized assistance.

Used with permission from Joanna Douglass, B.D.S., D.D.S., University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. 2008.

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Selected Materials in the OHRC Library

ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry. 2013. Topical Fluoride for Caries Prevention: Full Report of the Updated Clinical Recommendations and Supporting Systematic Review—A Report of the Council on Scientific Affairs. Chicago, IL: ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry. 118 pp.

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.

American Academy of Pediatrics, Division of State Government Affairs. 2013. More State Medicaid Programs Pay for Children’s Oral Health Prevention Services in Doctors’ Offices. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics. 4 pp.

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.

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, Fluorides Committee. 2014. Fluoride Varnish: An Evidence-Based Approach (upd.). Reno NV: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. 15 pp.

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.

Child Health Investment Partnership of Roanoke Valley. 2013. Begin with a Grin: Final Report and Abstract. Roanoke, VA: Child Health Investment Partnership of Roanoke Valley. 15 pp.

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]

Oral Health America. 2013. Oral Health America: Smiles Across America Product Donation Project. Chicago, IL: Oral Health America.

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.

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Selected Websites

American Academy of Pediatrics

North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians and North Carolina Pediatric Society

Oregon Public Health Division

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

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Resource Highlights: Focus on Fluoride Varnish. September 2015.

Reviewers: Amos Deinard, University of Minnesota, Department of Pediatrics


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