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Fluoride Varnish Applications Increase When Offered in Pediatricians’ Offices

According to research presented at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference, additional numbers of children are likely to receive fluoride varnish if it were offered in pediatricians’ offices. 

Fluoride Varnish Applications Increase When Offered in Pediatricians’ Offices

According to research presented at the American

Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference, more children are likely to receive fluoride varnish if it is offered in

pediatricians’ offices. The study, presented by Diana L. Lamboy, DNP, FNP-C,

of Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky, consisted of multiple

phases. As reported in Infectious

Diseases in Children, the first phase included no education for parents or

children other than brochures provided during pediatric visits; additionally, only children who were receiving checkups at 18 months, 24 months, and 36

months were included. As the study progressed, educational efforts expanded to

include instruction on proper toothbrushing technique and oral care basics.

Lamboy reports the number of children who received

fluoride varnish during a pediatric

visit at their 18-, 24- or 36-month checkup

increased significantly after the intervention was introduced. Prior to the

intervention, only 20.8% of study subjects had received fluoride varnish at the

pediatric visit. During the first post-intervention assessment, the number

increased to 44.1%, while 31.6% received fluoride varnish during their second

post-intervention assessment.

These findings support the idea that providing oral

hygiene education and applying fluoride varnish at pediatric offices may

improve children’s oral health, while also expanding awareness of the

importance of an effective self-care regimen.

 

Hygiene Connection E-Newsletter
August 2017

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