P277 Fluoride Varnish: A Useful Dental Public Health Tool

Health professionals have a new opportunity to help prevent tooth decay in young children and root caries in older people. Fluoride varnish is relatively inexpensive, easy to paint, concentrated topical fluoride with a resin or synthetic base. It is efficacious in reducing caries in primary and permanent teeth. The indications, contraindications, efficacy, uses and mechanism of action are discussed.

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  • To explain the opportunities for using fluoride varnish
  • To discuss efficacy of fluoride varnish
  • To discuss contraindications to the use of fluoride varnish


On completion of this module you will understand the efficacy and contraindications for using fluoride varnish and recognise the opportunities for using it.

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