Applying Fluoride Varnish in the Medical Setting for Local Health Departments

Originally presented on August 10, 2020


The purpose of this activity is to enhance the capacity of local health department staff to train medical health care providers to perform oral health screening and fluoride varnish application to children in the medical setting to reduce tooth decay.

Target Audience

Public Health Nurses and Public Health Professionals



Applying Fluoride Varnish in the Medical Setting for Local Health Departments


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Melinda Clark, MD, FAAP  
Associate Professor of Pediatrics  
Albany Medical College, Albany Medical Center

Karen Davda, CPH  
New York State Department of Health

Erin Knoerl, MPH  
New York State Department of Health 

Learning Outcome and Objectives

After completing this activity, the learner will be able to expand their knowledge and competence in all strategies for reducing the prevalence and severity of early childhood caries while still reversible and much less costly to treat.

After viewing the webcast participants will be able to: 

  • Explain the role of medical providers in identifying and preventing dental caries in children 
  • Discuss fluoride varnish risks and benefits 
  • Discuss how oral health disease prevention services can be integrated into the medical home 
  • Identify oral health resources available to primary care providers
Activity Materials
Evaluation, Post-Test and Certificate
Continuing Education Credits

To Obtain Continuing Education Credits 

Each participant interested in CE credits must complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation, Post-Test and Certificate". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

Note: CPHCE cannot recreate lost certificates. Enter your e-mail address in the system to have your certificate sent to you.


Disclosure Statements 

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity. 

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.


Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours 

The University at Albany School of Public Health is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

This offering is approved for 2.0 nursing contact hour(s). 

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until August 31, 2023


Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours 

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 2.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits are available at 2.0. Provider ID# 99086. 

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until August 31, 2023.