Fluoride Varnish: What Parents Need to Know

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Good dental habits help prevent tooth decay as early as you introduce oral care to your child. Parents should know that when your child’s first tooth appears, most of the pediatric dentist recommends doing fluoride varnish at least twice a year or more depending on your child’s dental care.

What is Flourish, Varnish?

Flourish Varnish is a treatment often recommended to kids and a type of agent applied to your child’s teeth to provide extra protection to prevent your child from having tooth decay and cavities. It supports and fights bacteria that are building upon the teeth and gums. Fluoride varnish is composed of fluoride, and it’s a natural mineral that can strengthen the outer coating of the tooth, which is called enamel.

How to apply?

Flourish varnish is applied in the dental clinic by your pediatric dentist. It is administered by drying the teeth with cotton and applying, the dentist uses a small brush, and it is slightly brushed on top of both sides of the teeth. Upon applying, it will remain on the teeth until it naturally wears off. This dental work only last in a few minutes. It is easier to do and will not give any pain to your child. Flourish varnish is in gel form, and it has a fruity smell that kids would like.

Is it safe for kids?

Some parents are worried about the usage of fluoride at an early age. The good news is even children under five years old can avail of this dental service or as early as the first tooth of your child appears. Since we will be using only a tiny amount of varnish on the tooth, then there will be no fluoride swallowed. It is very safe and effective to protect the teeth and gums from possible forms of dental problems.

What are the Advantages?

  • Prevents your child from having decay and cavities penetrating in the deeper levels of teeth, but please be reminded that it does not help remove caries.
  • Helps teeth and gums to stay strong and healthier
  • Reduces the number of bacteria that can be formed inside the mouth
  • It is not painful for kids who will avail this dental service
  • It is safe, easy to apply, and effective.

What are the Disadvantages?

  • Varnish cost a little higher than those availed at the pharmacy
  • It can be worn away through eating and brushing; it is not permanent on the teeth
  • Your child’s teeth color may change due to the varnish application
  • It may develop white spots on the teeth from exposure to this treatment that is called dental fluorosis, but chances are small.
  • It is safe and effective. However, this treatment is not recommended for everyone, especially those patients who have allergies or asthma.

What to do after the Fluoride Varnish application?

  • Your child may eat or drink after the treatment, but avoid giving hot and hard to chew foods.
  • Make sure that your child will not brush teeth within 4 to 6 hours after treatment
  • Use dental floss and brush teeth twice daily
  • Avoid sugary foods and eat healthily
  • Visit and consult to your dentist regularly

We, at Kidsmile, are passionately dedicated to providing quality dental care for your child. Our goal is to partner with you to help your child establish and achieve excellent oral health as they grow.

You can message us here or via our social media accounts for an initial consultation or in booking your appointment.

Sources:

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/oral-health/Pages/Fluoride-Varnish-What-Parents-Need-toKnow.aspx


http://www.child-smile.org.uk/parents-and-carers/fluoride-varnishing.aspx


https://www.mchoralhealth.org/highlights/fluoride-varnish.php


https://www.childrenspeds.com/specialties-and-services/fluoride-varnish

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