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Fluoride Varnish: Theory & Technique

Published: September 26, 2012 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9242

Included in this publication:

  • BOHC Toolkit.pdf
  • Fluoride Varnish - Instructors Guide.docx
  • Fluoride Varnish - Post-Test Self Assessment.doc
  • Fluoride Varnish - Pre-Test Self Assessment.doc
  • Fluoride Varnish Video.m4v

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This resource is a focused introduction to the use of fluoride varnish for the prevention of dental caries. 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. 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. 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.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this resource, learners will be able to:

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

Author Information

  • Ryan Quock, DDS: University of Texas School of Dentistry
  • Donna Morris: University of Texas

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Quock R, Morris D. Fluoride varnish: theory & technique. MedEdPORTAL. 2012;8:9242. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9242

This publication is co-sponsored by the American Dental Education Association.