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DE0001: How to Apply Fluoride Varnish

Date: 10/01/2021 - 9/30/2022
Course Status: Completed
Facility: Online
Location: Online
Instructor: Bonnie Bruerd
Director: Timothy Ricks
Level: Basic
Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Assistants
Quota: 1 - 1000 students
Tuition: $0.00
Hours: 1.00 (Total CDE); 1.00 (DANB Clinical); 1.00 (AGD - 430)
Joint Sponsorship: No
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You must be logged in to the CDE site to access this course. This one-hour course, How to Apply fluoride Varnish, was developed as a collaboration between the Indian Health Service [IHS] and the IHS Head Start Program. This course will provide an overview of Early Childhood Caries and describe its impact among American Indian and Alaska Native children. Participants will learn how to provide an oral health risk assessment, how to apply fluoride varnish, and key messages for families to prevent ECC.

Course developed January, 2010.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe Early Childhood Caries [ECC]
  2. List two ways to prevent ECC.
  3. Recognize the various stages of ECC.
  4. Discuss the benefits of topical fluoride.
  5. List the 5 steps to applying fluoride varnish.
  6. Demonstrate the appropriate application of fluoride varnish.
  7. List one key message for families to prevent ECC.

Speaker / Presenter:

Bonnie Bruerd — For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

Disclosure Policy:

It is the policy of the Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, that faculty/planners disclose any financial or other relationships with commercial companies whose products may be discussed in the educational activity. The Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, also requires that faculty disclose any unlabeled or investigative use of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. Images that have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes are prohibited.

None of the faculty/planners for this activity has a conflict of interest, and there is no use of unlabeled or investigative pharmaceutical products or medical devices. No images have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes.The educational objectives, content, and selection of educational methods and instructors are conducted independent of any commercial entity.

The IHS Division of Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider

The IHS Division of Oral Health is an accredited sponsor of continuing education under the American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP). ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the IHS at IHS CDE Coordinator or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at



Tuition Payment Information:

Tuition Policy:

Tuition must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start date of any course. Request for refunds must be received in writing at least two weeks before the course begins. For each refund request, there will be an administrative charge of $100. No refunds will be made to registrants who fail to attend a course. If IHS CDE program cancels a course, then 100% of the tuition will be refunded.