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Barzel R, Holt K, eds. 2020. Fluoride varnish and silver diamine fluoride: A resource guide. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 15 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This resource guide is designed to help health professionals, program administrators, educators, and others understand the benefits and drawbacks of fluoride varnish and silver diamine fluoride. The guide provides an annotated list of resources on the use and application of fluoride varnish and silver diamine fluoride, including materials on data and surveillance, professional education and training, and public education. Descriptions of and contact information for relevant organizations are also included. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Barzel R, Holt K, with the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors' Fluorides Committee. 2010. Fluoride varnish: An effective tool for preventing dental caries. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 4 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This review provides information about the effectiveness and safety of fluoride varnishes in preventing dental caries in children and adolescents and examines factors potentially modifying their effect. The review presents a summary of findings, background, objectives, methods, results, and a discussion. Implications for practice are presented.


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National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness. 2014–. Healthy habits for happy smiles. Elk Grove Village, IL: National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness, 26 pp

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
Telephone: (866) 763-6481
E-mail: health@ecetta.info
Website: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov
Available from the website.

This series of handouts for pregnant women and parents of infants and young children provides simple tips on nutrition and oral health issues. Topics include brushing a young child’s teeth, choosing healthy drinks for young children, encouraging young children to drink water, giving young children healthy snacks, taking care of oral health for pregnant women, and taking care of an infant’s oral health. The series is available in English and in Spanish.


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National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness. 2017. I like my teeth [oral health posters]. Elk Grove Village, IL: National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness, 8 items

National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness
American Academy of Pediatrics 345 Park Boulevard
Itasca, IL 60143

Telephone: (888) 227-5125
E-mail: health@ecetta.info
Website: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/ncechw

These posters for consumers share simple, positive messages about brushing children’s teeth with fluoridated toothpaste, drinking fluoridated water, eating a healthy diet, and talking to the dentist or doctor about fluoride treatments for children. The posters are available in English and in Spanish.


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Tinanoff N, Lowe E, Holt K, Goodman H. 2010. Maryland's Mouths Matter: Fluoride varnish and oral health screening programs for kids—Training for EPSDT medical providers in Maryland. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center; Baltimore, MD: Maryland Department of Health, Office of Oral Health, 1 v

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This curriculum is designed to provide Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment non-oral-health professionals in Maryland with knowledge and skills to reduce the incidence of dental caries among children ages 3 and under and to help establish a dental home. The four modules provide information on the role of non-oral-health professionals in children’s oral health and describe the dental caries process and how to conduct a dental caries risk assessment. The modules also address anticipatory guidance, fluoride varnish application, and referral to a dentist. [Funded in part by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

     


OHRC Library

This section contains recent materials, not including OHRC-produced materials.


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ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry. 2013. Topical fluoride for caries prevention: Full report of the updated clinical recommendations and supporting systematic review—A report of the Council on Scientific Affairs. Chicago, IL: ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, 118 pp

American Dental Association, Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678

Telephone: (312) 440-2500
Website: http://ebd.ada.org
Available from the website.

This report provides evidence-based recommendations for the use of professionally applied topical fluorides to prevent dental caries. The report addresses the impact of topical fluoride vs. no topical fluoride on new and early carious lesions; which topical fluoride was most effective in preventing, arresting, or reversing dental caries; and whether an oral prophylaxis before application improved fluoride uptake. The report also describes the systematic review of the literature, methodologies used to develop the clinical recommendations, limitations related to the evidence and review, and future research needs. An executive summary is also available.


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Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, Fluorides Committee. 2016. Fluoride varnish: An evidence-based approach—Research brief. [Reno, NV]: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, 19 pp

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors
3858 Cashill Boulevard
Reno, NV 89509

Telephone: (775) 626-5008
Fax: (775) 626-9268
E-mail: info@astdd.org
Website: http://www.astdd.org
Available from the website.

This brief presents information to help health professionals design, implement, and evaluate community-based programs that apply fluoride varnish. Topics include a definition of fluoride varnish and how it prevents tooth decay; the characteristics, effectiveness, and safety of fluoride varnish; and recommendations for using fluoride varnish. The brief also provides tips for selecting cost-effective community and school dental-caries-prevention programs.


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Kaiser Permanente. 2014. Protect your child's smile: Fluoride varnish for young children. Oakland, CA: Kaiser Permanente, 2 pp

Kaiser Permanente
One Kaiser Plaza, 19th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Telephone: (415) 987-2223
Secondary Telephone: (800) 556-7677
Website: http://www.kaiserpermanente.org
Available from the website.

This fact sheet for parents and other caregivers provides tips on oral hygiene and oral health care for infants and young children, including information about taking them to the dentist by age 1 and protecting their teeth with fluoride varnish. Topics include toothbrushing with fluoridated toothpaste; nutrition; how fluoride varnish is applied; and what to expect and what to do before and after fluoride varnish treatment. The fact sheet is available in English on one side and in Chinese or Spanish on the other side.


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University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Center for Rural Health. 2016. Fluoride varnish application in primary care settings. Grand Forks, ND: University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Center for Rural Health, 2 pp

University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Center for Rural Health
1301 North Columbia Road Stop 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037

Telephone: (701) 777-3848
Fax: (701) 777-6779
E-mail: ruralhealth@med.und.edu
Website: https://ruralhealth.und.edu
Available from the website.

This fact sheet presents findings from a survey of primary care health professionals in North Dakota to assess their knowledge about fluoride-varnish application and determine how many were providing and billing for the service. Contents include information about the percentage of pediatricians and family practice physicians who conducted oral health risk assessments; those who had a list of dentists for client referral; and those who applied fluoride varnish for infants, beginning at age 6 months, and for children.


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Virginia Department of Health. 2017. Fluoride varnish: For children age six months and older. Richmond, VA: Virginia Department of Health, 1 p

Virginia Department of Health
P.O. Box 2448
Richmond, VA 23218

Telephone: (804) 864-7000
E-mail: questions@vdh.virginia.gov
Website: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov
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This brochure for parents provides information about fluoride varnish for children ages 6 months and older. The brochure discusses what fluoride varnish is and what it does, whether it is safe, how it is applied, and how long its effects last. A photograph showing fluoride being applied to an infant’s teeth is included. The brochure is written in simple language and is available in English and in Spanish.

     

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