Pediatric Dental Fluoride Varnish Treatment Questions and Answers
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A fluoride varnish is a dental treatment to help improve the health of the teeth. It does this by preventing tooth decay, or if it is already present, by slowing down the process. This varnish uses a concentrated form of fluoride that is applied directly to the teeth. Where bacteria may have eroded the enamel, fluoride works by restoring minerals to these tooth surfaces. It can also prevent future cavities and inhibit the growth of potentially harmful oral bacteria. Dental fluoride varnish has helped many children improve the health of their teeth.
What is dental fluoride varnish?
Dental fluoride varnish is a treatment that can help prevent tooth decay or prevent it from becoming worse. These treatments have a much higher amount of fluoride than what is found in toothpaste or drinking water. They only take a few minutes to apply. To allow the fluoride to be fully absorbed by the teeth, patients may be asked to avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after the treatment. As a fluoride delivery system, varnish is preferred because it is easy to use, it allows more time for fluoride to be exposed to the teeth, and it is safe. A concern with other fluoride delivery systems is that there is an increased risk of ingestion, as well as a decreased amount of contact time that fluoride has with the teeth. Fluoride varnishes use a highly concentrated form of topical fluoride which is applied directly to the teeth in a professionally supervised setting, typically a dentist’s office. Research shows that fluoride varnish is highly effective in reducing the risk of cavities: one study shows a decrease in cavities around 20 percent, while another study shows a reduction greater than 50 percent.
How often should fluoride varnish be applied?
The American Dental Association (ADA) reports that topical fluoride varnishes should be applied every 3 to 6 months for patients at higher risk of developing dental cavities and tooth decay. A dental professional will guide each patient to determine if applications every 3 or every 6 months will work best for their individual situation, which is based on: risk of cavities, re-care frequency, and symptoms of dentin hypersensitivity.
At what age can a child have fluoride varnish?
A recommendation put forth by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) states that fluoride varnishes should be applied to the primary teeth of all infants and children starting at the age of primary tooth eruption (typically around 2 or 3 years old) through the age of 5 years. The recommended frequency for dental fluoride varnishes of children in this age group is every 3 to 6 months, based on the child’s risk of cavities. Fluoride varnish application is easy and fast.
What are the benefits of fluoride varnish?
There are several benefits that fluoride varnishes provide, including:
- Restoring minerals to tooth surfaces where bacteria eroded enamel
- Inhibits the growth of harmful oral bacteria
- Stops decay from penetrating deeper parts of teeth
- Helps improve oral health in both children and adults
- Decreases the chance of tooth decay or cavities
If you want to help your children improve their oral health, come to Pediatric Associates of Frisco, TX today. Our kind and compassionate pediatricians are experienced in administering dental fluoride varnishes and can help your children reduce their risk of cavities and tooth decay. Call us today at (972) 324-3366 to book an appointment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 9191 Kyser Way, Suite 405, Frisco, TX 75033. Our clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. We serve patients from Frisco TX, Little Elm TX, The Colony TX, McKinney TX, Prosper TX, Aubrey TX, Oak Point TX, Lakewood Village TX, Plano TX, and Dallas TX. Looking forward to serve you!