Fluoride Varnish

Fluoride Varnish Benefits:

  • Safe, inexpensive, and effective
  • Studies demonstrate 30-35% caries reduction
  • Quickly and easily applied
  • Children can eat and drink shortly after application
  • Strengthens enamel and can stabilize and prevent progression of  early caries (white spots) and slow enamel destruction in active ECC
  • Not associated with treatment-related adverse events in young children
  • Medicaid and many private insurers reimburse application by primary care clinicians in all states
  • Varnish application can be easily integrated into medical practice

Apply Your Knowledge

The cases in this course are an opportunity to apply concepts that have been or will be covered in the subsequent slides. Cases can help guide your learning.

Note: Case responses do not count toward your module score.


Pahel BT, Rozier RG, Stearns SC, Quiñonez RB.Effectiveness of preventive dental treatments by physicians for young Medicaid enrollees. Pediatrics. 2011.127:e682-e689.

Garcia RI, Gregorich SE, Ramos-Gomez F, et al. Absence of Fluoride Varnish–Related Adverse Events in Caries Prevention Trials in Young Children, United States. Prev Chronic Dis. 2017; 14(E7): 1-10.