Benefits of Fluoride

  • Fluoride strengthens teeth by replacing the minerals in the enamel that have eroded.

  • Fluoride prevents new cavities and can stop cavities from getting worse. If tooth decay is just starting, it repairs the tooth.

What is Fluoride Varnish?

  • Fluoride varnish is form of fluoride that is applied to the teeth by a health care professional

  • Fluoride varnish is an adhesive that sticks to the tooth surface, keeping the fluoride in contact with the tooth for an extended period of time

  • Fluoride varnish is better at preventing cavities compared to other fluoride treatments

How is Fluoride Varnish applied?

  • A small piece of gauze is used to clean and dry the teeth

  • The fluoride varnish is painted onto the front and back, top and bottom of the teeth with a tiny brush

  • The varnish forms a sticky covering over the tooth and becomes hard as soon as saliva in the mouth touches it

  • It takes less than 2 minutes to varnish the teeth

Caring for Your Teeth after Fluoride Varnish is applied

  • Don't brush your teeth until bedtime after receiving your fluoride varnish application. This will allow the varnish to continue to release fluoride all day and strengthen the enamel.

  • Don't eat hard, chewy, or sticky foods the day of treatment, such as apples, carrots, chewing gum, and sticky candies. These foods will remove the varnish.

  • Occasionally, the varnish can cause an upset stomach if some of the fluoride was swallowed during application. This should go away after a few hours. If problems persist, please contact your doctor for evaluation.