Fluoride Varnish: Theory & Technique

Format Publication ID Version Published
Video 9242 1 September 26, 2012
University of Texas School of Dentistry


“Fluoride Varnish: Theory & Technique” is a focused introduction to the use of fluoride varnish for the prevention of dental caries. Created in response to a call from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for its Oral Health in Medicine Model Curriculum initiative, the intended resource audience includes any health care provider who is to employ fluoride varnish for the prevention of dental caries. The centerpiece of this submission is a 17-minute instructional video, which introduces the theory and technique of fluoride varnish for the prevention of dental caries to its audience. To aid in assessment of comprehension of basic concepts covered in the fluoride varnish video, a 10-question multiple-choice quiz is also included in this submission.


Quock R, Morris D. Fluoride Varnish: Theory & Technique. MedEdPORTAL; 2012. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/9242

Contains Information Suitable for Patient Education

Educational Objectives

  1. To summarize the basic etiology of dental caries.
  2. To identify the role that cariogenic bacteria and diet play in lowering oral pH levels, and how this contributes to tooth demineralization.
  3. To identify the ways that fluoride can prevent/reverse dental caries.
  4. To identify the specific anti-caries benefits of fluoride varnish.
  5. To summarize the basic technique for applying fluoride varnish to a patient’s dentition.


  • Fluorides (MeSH), Fluoride Varnishs (MeSH), Caries, Cariogenic Bacteria, Tooth Demineralization, Dentition, Building Oral Health Capacity (BOHC) Collection


  • Dental
    • Preventive Dentistry

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Medical Knowledge
    • Patient Care

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Professional Interest

  • Oral Health

Organ Systems

  • Gastrointestinal system

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Allied Dental Student
    • Dental Student

Instructional Methods

  • Assessment
  • Independent Study
  • Lecture

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