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

Continuing Education Credits expired for this activity on August 31, 2023. We encourage you to fill out the evaluation as your responses help us to plan future programs.