Fluoride varnish is applied to teeth by your dentist to help prevent decay. It is painted onto the surface of the teeth and contains high levels of fluoride. This strengthens the tooth's enamel and helps to make it more resistant to decay.
Fluoride varnish can be used on both baby and adult teeth and needs to be applied every six months. At our practice, we recommend that children from the age of three years and upwards should have treatment with fluoride varnish to help keep their teeth strong and healthy. Most parents find that it is most convenient to have children treated with fluoride varnish at their six-monthly dental check-ups.
Before treatment starts, your dentist will carry out a thorough assessment of the inside and outside of your child's mouth to check they are suitable for treatment. If your child has a cold or flu, you may be asked to bring them back to receive treatment when they are better. If they have any extensive decay, this may have to be treated first.
- Your child's dentist will give your child safety goggles and a bib then tell them what they are going to do
- They will examine the inside and outside of your child's mouth
- The dentist will then carefully paint the varnish on to your child's teeth, starting at the back and working forward
- Your child should not eat or drink for at least 20 minutes after application