Fluoride Varnish (Low-Grade)

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Fluoride treatments are extremely beneficial for the health of teeth. Children, especially, greatly benefit from additional sources of fluoride. Fluoride works to remineralize the tooth and can also greatly help prevent cavities.

Fluoride Treatments with Fluoride Varnish

While there are many ways to incorporate fluoride into a child’s diet, one of the best methods is through the use of fluoride varnish. This is a concentrated form of fluoride that is applied to the tooth’s surface. While not permanent, the adherent nature helps it to stay on the tooth’s surface for several hours.

Benefits of Fluoride Varnish

There are many advantages to using varnish for fluoride application:

  • Dries rapidly and will even set with saliva in the mouth
  • Does not require trays filled with foam or gel, which causes some patients to have an adverse gag reaction
  • With a small amount used and rapid setting time, only a negligible amount of fluoride is ingested
  • The thicker quality of the varnish is helpful for adhering to the surface for several hours
  • Published studies show that fluoride varnish is not a risk factor for dental fluorosis, even in children under 6 years old
  • Varnish has a high concentration of fluoride compared to foam and gels
  • Application is quick and easy

Having your child receive fluoride treatments in conjunction with their dental exams is a perfect way to set your child up for success. The fluoride will help their teeth stay strong and resist cavities, and set them on a successful path for years of proper oral hygiene.