Routine Fluoride Varnish Application Recommended for At-Risk Patients
Posted: January 11, 2017
Edited by Dentaltown staff
SHELTON, Conn.—Centrix has developed a series of risk assessment tools that can be used by clinicians to help patients understand the role prevention plays in maintaining great oral health throughout their lifetime.
In the November issue of RDH, Donna Lynn Brogan, RDH, BS discusses these tools and how routine fluoride varnish application can have an immediate and positive impact on oral health.
“The assumption often is that fluoride varnish is essential for treating children, but those treatments stop post-adolescence. In fact, there are numerous accredited studies that show caries is on the rise in adult patients and simply applying fluoride varnish on a routine basis can be very effective in disease prevention. The first step is risk assessment, and that’s why we’ve developed these educational tools that help clinicians explain the risks and establish a treatment plan for adult patients," said Centrix founder Dr. William B. Dragan.
The new Centrix Adult Prevention program encourages conversations between the clinician and the patient. For example, the patient self-assessment form enables easy evaluation of the patient’s risk factors providing a forum to discuss next steps in oral health prevention. Centrix also developed tools to increase preventive care awareness, such as waiting room signs, patient re-care postcards, and copy for advertisements and social media posts, to name a few.
In the RDH article, Brogan elaborates on the many risk factors inherent in adult patients, from multiple restorations and exposed root surfaces, to poor oral hygiene and common medications. For clinicians, she encourages opening up the dialog with adult patients about their level of risk and involving them in preventive treatment.
There are several reasons Brogan cites as to why clinicians do not routinely apply fluoride varnish for adult patients, including lack of insurance coverage, difficulty of application, and an unpleasant taste, appearance and feeling in the mouth. Centrix has addressed all of these concerns by developing FluoroDose, an award-winning fluoride varnish.
For more information about FluoroDose or to download free patient assessment tools, visit centrixdental.com/adultfluoride.