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Fluoride varnish was developed in Germany in 1964 and since then it has been used around the world as a gold standard in professionally applied fluoride treatments for caries prevention in all age groups. The evidence base for the safety and efficacy of fluoride varnish is compelling and professionally applied 5% sodium fluoride varnish remains one of the cornerstones of preventive dentistry.

Learning outcomes

This presentation will explore if fluoride varnish is still relevant in 2024 in contemporary dental practice and community settings.

Speaker

Cathryn Carboon

Cathryn is a registered, practicing dental hygienist and holds a Master of Health Promotion from Deakin University. Cathryn has had a diverse and extensive career over 38 years, in both the public and private dental sector, including general practice, orthodontics, periodontics and special needs dentistry. Cathryn has practiced as a hygienist in Australia, Germany and New Zealand. Cathryn brings with her extensive clinical knowledge and experience, and has been a valued Colgate Professional Educator since 2006; working closely with Universities and the TAFE sector to educate the future dental profession in Australia. She is an engaging lecturer and holds a current TAE qualification. Cathryn has been a member of the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA) since 1988 and is the DHAA Victorian State Chair. Cathryn represents the DHAA on the Australian Dental Association (Victorian Branch) Oral Health Committee and the Victorian Oral Health Alliance. Cathryn served 10 years on the SARRAH Advisory Committee, as National Network Coordinator for Oral Health. Cathryn is a Carevan Foundation Board Director and manages the Sun Smiles and Sustainable Smiles programs. She has won multiple awards including the International Federation of Dental Hygienists & Global Child Dental Fund Social Responsibility Award and the DHAA National Oral Health Award for Community Service, for her innovative work with community fluoride varnish programs. Cathryn authored the children’s picture books ‘Who is the Tooth Fairy’s best friend?’ and 'Pyjama Fairy & Friends' which provide positive oral health messages about the benefits of fluoride for good oral health. Cathryn is a member of the International Health Literacy Association and the Australian Health Promotion Association and is a passionate advocate for oral health literacy and community fluoride varnish programs.

NZDA Conference 2024 - Dentist Day 1

Fluoride Varnish: What have we learnt from the last 60 years?


Speaker:

Cathryn Carboon

Friday 23rd Aug 2024
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre
188 Oxford Terrace
Christchurch Central City
Region: Canterbury
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