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.
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-
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.
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.
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.
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.