Fluoride Varnish: Theory & Technique
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“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 Publications; 2012. Available from: https://www.mededportal.org/adea/publication/9242 http://dx.doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9242
Contains Information Suitable for Patient Education
- To summarize the basic etiology of dental caries.
- To identify the role that cariogenic bacteria and diet play in lowering oral pH levels, and how this contributes to tooth demineralization.
- To identify the ways that fluoride can prevent/reverse dental caries.
- To identify the specific anti-caries benefits of fluoride varnish.
- 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
- Preventive Dentistry
Knowledge for Practice
- Clinical Skills/Doctoring
Allied Dental Student
- Allied Dental Student
Authors & Co-Authors
Ryan Quock, DDS
University of Texas School of Dentistry
University of Texas
Sponsorship or Funding Source
This project is sponsored in part by funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration/Maternal Child Health Bureau grant #U44MC20223.
Effectiveness and Significance
This new and original resource was developed specifically as a concept-based submission for the AAMC’s Oral Health in Medicine Model Curriculum; as such, it has not yet been formally deployed by the authors. The content inspiration for this resource was a practical fluoride varnish review previously published by the authors – this review is listed as an additional resource for further study above. The format inspiration for this resource was the frequent requests of our students for media in video format, especially demonstrations of clinical technique. Students are especially interested in the ability to review theory and techniques as many times as necessary before actual live patient encounters. With this in mind, the goal was to create a self-contained resource that could be easily accessible for its audience. As mentioned earlier, the self-contained nature of the video makes it easily adaptable to a number of learning scenarios. In addition to utilization by dental and dental hygiene students/residents, the authors anticipate use of the video by medical and allied health students/residents/providers.
Special Implementation Guidelines or Requirements
The user will need a computer/media device with Internet access to download the 17-minute .mov video file and the multiple-choice assessment .doc tool. The user’s computer/media device will need to have the necessary components to read these file formats. An additional larger viewing screen or projector, along with necessary connections, may be beneficial depending on size of the viewing audience. Audio capability is preferable, but not necessary – all pertinent content appears in the video via text/captions.
The module can be used in any of the following manners:
- Self-instruction: Learner will view the video and/or the reading assignment followed by completion of the ten self-assessment questions. The video can be placed online or on CD/DVD for use.
- Classroom: The video could be used as part of a lecture on oral health or on dental caries with the assessment questions used as review or as part of an exam.
- Laboratory: The video could be used prior to a laboratory on fluoride varnish placement. Materials required for the lab are also shown in the video and include fluoride varnish, an applicator brush or cotton tip applicator, and gauze. The varnish can be practiced on a student partner, extracted tooth, or typodont. As noted in the video, standard precautions should be followed to prevent transmission of pathogens – this includes the use of protective eyeware (for clinician and patient), gloves, and mask.
Because the resource is a concise introduction to the theory and technique of fluoride varnish, other important related subjects (such as dental caries detection and diagnosis) could not be covered in detail. For a more comprehensive understanding of dental caries management, further training and collaboration is strongly encouraged.
This information is made available under the Creative Commons license.