Fluoride Varnish

What is Fluoride Varnish?

  • Varnish is a coating of concentrated fluoride painted on teeth.
  • Strengthens teeth and helps prevent tooth decay (cavities).
  • Can slow the progression of early tooth decay.

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  • There is no discomfort involved.
  • Simple and easy to apply. Only takes a few minutes!
  • At no cost to families.

Is There Anything I Need to Do or Avoid After the Fluoride Varnish Application?

  • Your child may eat or drink after the Fluoride Varnish has been applied.
  • Avoid sticky or hard foods and hot drinks for the rest of the day.
  • Wait until the next morning to brush your child's teeth.

How Often Should My Child Get Professional Fluoride Treatments?

  • It is recommended that fluoride be applied at least every six months.
  • Your dentist may recommend more frequent applications for your child up to 4 times a year.

Is Fluoride in Toothpaste Enough to Prevent Cavities?

  • By itself, it may not be enough!
  • If your child is already using fluoride toothpaste, that's great! It is safe and encouraged for your child to have fluoride from toothpaste with the fluoride varnish.
  • Drinking tap water is an added benefit since there is a little fluoride in most public water sources too.