School Wide Activity

Initiative Description: The Fluoride Rinse Programme. Each child in the program rinses once every 2 weeks for 2 min during the school terms, equivalent to approximately 20 rinses per year.

Study Results: Decreased decayed, missing and filled permanent teeth (where decayed teeth are those with dental caries into the dentine at the D3 threshold of detection of disease).

Reference: Levin, K. A., Jones, C. M., Wight, C., Valentine, C., V.A. Topping, G., & Naysmith, R. (2009). Fluoride rinsing and dental health inequalities in 11-year-old children: an evaluation of a supervised school-based fluoride rinsing programme in Edinburgh. Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology, 37(1), 19-26.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good