Fluoride varnish is a dental treatment that can help prevent tooth decay, slow it down, or stop it from getting worse. Fluoride varnish is made with fluoride, a mineral that can strengthen tooth enamel (outer coating on teeth).
Keep in mind that fluoride varnish treatments cannot
completely prevent cavities. Fluoride varnish treatments can best help prevent
decay when a child is also brushing using the right amount of toothpaste with
fluoride, flossing regularly, getting regular dental care, and eating a healthy
Fluoride Varnish Safe?
Fluoride varnish is safe and used by dentists and
doctors all over the world to help prevent tooth decay in children. Only a
small amount is used. It is quickly applied and hardens. Then it is brushed off
after 4 to 12 hours. Most children like the taste.
is Fluoride Varnish Put on the Teeth?
Fluoride varnish is painted on the top and sides of
each tooth with a small brush. It is sticky but hardens once it comes in
contact with saliva. Your child may feel the hardened varnish with his tongue
but will not be able to lick the varnish off.
It does not hurt when the varnish is applied.