Fluoride treatments should be part of your child's regular dental visit to help reduce tooth sensitivity, provide extra tooth enamel protection and make teeth more decay resistant. Fluoride varnish is a pale yellow gel that sets quickly when applied and has a pleasant taste, with a fruity flavor. Fluoride varnish should be applied at least twice yearly from the age of two onwards. Healthy gums and teeth are important to your child's overall health, so talk to your child’s Pediatric dentist today about getting his/her teeth painted with Fluoride varnish.
A small piece of gauze is used to clean and dry your child’s teeth. Fluoride varnish is "painted" onto your child’s teeth with the help of a tiny brush. It solidifies and forms a slightly tinted film when it comes in contact with saliva. Fluoride is then absorbed into the enamel over time. However, your child may be allowed to brush four hours following application.
Your child may need a Fluoride varnish treatment if he/she
- Has a moderate to high risk of developing dental caries
- Hypersensitivity of teeth
- Tooth enamel demineralization
Ideal candidate for Fluoride varnish treatment are children
- Who have a history of cavities or is at high risk of decay
- Whose permanent teeth have not yet developed,as early exposure to fluoride fortifies the permanent teeth before they actuallyemerge
The Risks Involved
Fluoride varnish is absolutely safe and effective, but excessive amounts of fluoride for prolonged periods of time can harm the teeth and bones, very rarely.
Fluoride varnish is a very important preventative treatment that can help reverse early tooth decay, prevent formation of cavities and promote remineralization. Even research studies have validated that Fluoride varnish gives added protection to teeth against decay.
Armor your child’s teeth against acid attacks, plaque, bacteria and sugars in the mouth,by providing an extra protection against decay and cavities, with Fluoride varnish treatment.