Fluoride Varnish - Why is it better

The oral health is important to maintain the overall health which comes from healthy gums and teeth. During the first dental visit, the dentist recommends fluoride varnish treatment.

What is Fluoride Varnish?

It is a dental treatment helps in preventing tooth decay. Fluoride varnish is a mineral that fortifies tooth enamel (outer layer of teeth).

Fluoride varnish applications cannot completely avoid cavities. You need to adhere to good oral hygiene habits-

  • Brush and floss your teeth daily twice with fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Reduce carbohydrates and rinse your mouth after every meal.
  • Go for regular dental check-ups

How does fluoride varnish act?

Fluoride gets absorbed in the enamel once it reaches the oral cavity. The fluoride ions repair the demineralized enamel and replenish the lost calcium and phosphorous. This process is known as re-mineralization.

Fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay.

Why fluoride varnish when I use fluoridated toothpaste for my child daily?

Both forms are effective ways of providing fluoride to the teeth. There is a difference in the concentration of fluoride present in each form.

Fluoride varnish has a higher concentration of fluoride ions and stays longer on teeth which provide protection against cavities.

Is Fluoride Varnish Safe?

Fluoride varnish is safe as it is applied by trained professionals like dentists and doctors. The quantity used is less and there is no chance of swallowing. It hardens soon after it is applied and brushed off after keeping for about 4 to 12 hours.

What are the steps in the Fluoride Varnish application?

It is a simple and painless procedure. Fluoride varnish is applied in the cleaned surfaces of the teeth with the help of a small brush called the applicator. Within a few seconds, the varnish hardens and can never be licked off from the teeth.

What are the things that need to be taken care of after the application?

  • Allow your child to eat soft food or drink soon after varnish application.
  • Brush or floss the child’s teeth after 4 to 12 hours for the maximum benefits.

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