Fluoride Varnish Application

NEBDN’s new qualification in Fluoride Varnish Application provides dental nurses with an educational experience in knowledge, critical understanding, intellectual skills, practical skills and personal attitude. This will enable them to provide effective fluoride varnish application within a community-based programme and/or on prescription from a dentist or as part of a structured dental health programme.

NEBDN’s Certificate in Fluoride Varnish Application is a versatile qualification that can be undertaken either in conjunction with the NEBDN Certificate in Oral Health Education, or, as a standalone qualification. Should a registered dental nurse wish to combine the two, please also refer to the NEBDN Certificate in Oral Health Education.

Who is it for?

This qualification is suitable for GDC registered dental nurses assisting their dentist in fluoride application. The qualification supports dental nurse development both professionally and on a personal level; developing self-confidence and self-belief. Through enhancing your skills, you will gain further respect from dentists and hygienists with whom you work as part of a team educating and improving the oral health of patients.

Record of Competence

To achieve a certificate in Fluoride Varnish Application you are required to complete a work-based Record of Competence (RoC). There are two sections to the RoC:

  • Practical Competence Assessment Sheets (PCAS)
  • Supplementary outcomes


There is no examination required for this qualification.

Award of qualification

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must:

  • Complete and satisfy the requirements of the RoC

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Fluoride Varnish syllabus

Reading List

Fluoride Varnish Reading List

Fluoride Varnish Application suggested reading list
•Advanced Dental Nursing, 2nd edition, Edited by Robert S Ireland
• The Dental Hygienist’s Guide to Nutritional Care, 3rd Edition, C Stegeman and J Davis
• Comprehensive Preventive Dentistry Edited by Hardy Limeback
• Basic Guide to Oral Health Promotion, 2nd Edition, Ann Felton Alison Chapman and Simon Felton
• Delivering Better Oral Health, 3rd Edition, Public Health England
• The Scientific Basis of Oral Health Education, 7th Edition by C Stillman-Lowe and R Levine
• Oral Health Education, Kimbrough and Henderson ISBN 013109518
• Nutrition, Diet and Oral Health, Gunn Rugg and Nunn ISBN 0192629379
• Holistic Oral Care. A guide for Health Professionals, Griffiths and Boyle ISBN 095414526
• Managing Oral Health Care Delivery, Ganssle ISBN 0827355327
• Communication and the Dental Team, E.J Kay and S.R Tinsley ISBN 978 0954614515
• Standards for the Dental Team www-gdc-uk.org