Children over the age of 1 have the option to receive a fluoride treatment during their appointment. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (APPD) recommends fluoride treatments every 6 months.
What is it? Fluoride varnish is a preventative treatment that can be performed in effort to prevent, slow down, or stop tooth decay. Fluoride varnish is made with fluoride which is a mineral that can strengthen the outer coating on your teeth (called tooth enamel).
Is it safe? Yes, fluoride varnish is safe and is commonly used by both doctors & dentists around the globe to effectively prevent tooth decay in kids. This type of fluoride adheres to the tooth unlike other types of fluoride. This means a very minimal amount is ever swallowed by the child.
How is it applied? Like its name, we use it to varnish or paint the exterior of the teeth. We cover the biting surface and front of your child’s teeth with the fluoride varnish using a tiny brush. The varnish is sticky when applied, but immediately hardens and adheres to the teeth when it comes into contact with saliva. It will feel hard when your child touches it with their tongue after it’s applied.
What do we do after the fluoride varnish is applied? In order for the fluoride to have time to be effective, your child will need to avoid eating & drinking immediately after the varnish has been applied. We recommend waiting until you’re back home after the appointment to eat (so just skip any snacks or drinks in the car after the appointment). If your appointment was in the afternoon – they get a free pass to skip brushing & flossing that night. If your appointment was in the morning, you’ll want to brush & floss like normal that evening.