Fluoride is a natural mineral that builds strong teeth and prevents cavities. Fluoride varnish can help prevent tooth decay. If decay is present, it can still slow it down or stop it from getting worse.
How is Fluoride Varnish applied?
Fluoride varnish is clear in color and is painted on the top and sides of each tooth with a small brush. It’s sticky but hardens once it comes in contact with your saliva. Your child may feel the hardened varnish with his/her tongue but will not be able to lick the varnish off. It doesn’t hurt when the varnish is applied. The flavors are generally bubble gum, cherry, and caramel sundae.
What are the benefits of fluoride?
Fluoride works by restoring minerals to tooth surfaces where bacteria may have eroded the enamel. It can also inhibit the growth of harmful oral bacteria and further prevent more cavities. Fluoride cannot remove existing decay, but it can help stop the decay on those teeth from getting bigger. The earlier children are exposed to fluoride, the less likely they are to develop cavities.
Can my child eat lunch at school after it’s applied?
Yes, with Smile Academy using varnish, your child is able to eat and drink after the varnish hardens.
When can my child brush their teeth?
They should leave the varnish on as long as possible, preferably overnight and having the child brush their teeth the next morning.
Does insurance pay for Fluoride Treatments?