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For Health Professionals

For Health Professionals

North Dakota state law allows physicians, nurse practicioners, physician assistants and nurses (RN and LPN) to apply fluoride varnish.

The Oral Health Program provides training to health care professionals on the application of fluoride varnish in non-dental settings, such as medical offices, local public health unit offices, Headstart and schools. Fluoride varish is effective in reducing cavities among indivuals who are at high risk for cavities.

Smiles for Life Online Training

Smiles for Life is an online oral health training curriculum. Health-care providers may take advantage of this training to develop knowledge about a variety of oral health care issues. This curriculum is designed to enhance the role of primary care clinicians in the promotion of oral health for all age groups through the development and dissemination of high-quality educational resources.

Smiles for Life is the nation's only comprehensive oral health curriculum, was developed by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Group on Oral Health and is now in its third edition. Smiles for Life online training includes eight courses: The Relationship of Oral to Systemic Health; Child Oral Health; Adult Oral Health; Acute Dental Problems; Pregnancy and Women's Oral Health ; Caries Risk Assessment, Fluoride Varnish and Counseling; The Oral Exam; and Geriatric Oral Health. Module six is the required module that health care professional's to apply fluoride varnish.

Smiles for Life Curriculum