Fluoride Varnish: Theory & Technique

Publication ID Published Version
9242 September 26, 2012 1


“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

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


  • Knowledge for Practice
  • Patient Care

Professional Interest

  • Oral Health

Instructional Methods

  • Assessment
  • Independent Learning
  • Lecture

Organ Systems

  • Gastrointestinal system

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Allied Dental Student
    • Dental Student


  • Video

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