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If your pediatric dentist has recommended that your child gets fluoride varnish on their teeth, you should know that an overwhelming number of pediatric dentists agree. According to the CDC, it is estimated that about 33% of cavities can be prevented with a fluoride varnish.
Fluoride is an essential mineral that has been proven to improve the overall strength of teeth enamel. Fluoride varnish is a dental treatment that paints the teeth with this essential mineral. The process is painless and done in the pediatric dentist’s office.
Most pediatric dentists will recommend fluoride varnish treatment two to four times a year. It largely depends on a few different elements. For example, if your household is on well-water, your dentist may recommend varnish treatment four times a year. City water is typically treated with added fluoride.
If your child is prone to cavities, your dentist may also recommend a four-time a-year treatment schedule.
Fluoride varnish is very safe. It is used around the globe by both doctors and dentists to help children avoid painful cavities and the spread of tooth decay. A very small amount of fluoride is used in the varnish.
The varnish hardens quickly and then is brushed away with regular brushing. It is completely safe for your child.
As the name indicates, the “varnish” is brushed on the teeth using a small brush. The tops and sides of the teeth are coated in the fluoride varnish which hardens immediately when it comes in contact with the tooth.
Fluoride varnish applied by your pediatric dentist is like an added layer of protection, but it does not take the place of good oral hygiene. Yes, you should have the varnish done, but your child will still need to brush and floss to get the best benefits.
Fluoride varnish does not replace the need for good oral health habits.
Immediately following the treatment your child can eat. However, you should avoid hot food and drinks. Your child can brush about six hours after the procedure.
Speak to your pediatric dentist about fluoride varnish and how it can help to reduce cavities at your next appointment.