Fluoride varnish is a coating that is applied to the enamel to strengthen and harden it. This helps the teeth to withstand bacterial attacks and prevent cavities from developing.
Even though tooth enamel is strong, it can get damaged because of bacterial attack. When your child eats sugary treats, the bacteria in the mouth break it down and produce an acidic solution. In a process known as “demineralization,” this solution attacks healthy enamel, resulting in a loss of essential minerals, which strengthen the tooth and maintain its health. The end result is a tooth that is weakened, unprotected, and at risk of developing cavities. leaving your child at risk of developing cavities.
Using fluoride can help reverse the demineralization process, helping to restore the enamel to its natural strength, resulting in a slowing of the cavity-forming process.
Under proper supervision, Fluoride varnish application is an easy, safe, and effective way to help prevent cavities and remineralize teeth for children.
The dentist can apply the fluoride varnish during your routine dental checkup. But, at times it is done as a standalone treatment. The dentist will first clean the teeth to remove the plaques. Next, the varnish is painted on the teeth with a brush. It is a quick, easy, painless process.
The varnish will stick to the teeth and create a light, slightly hardened film when it comes in contact with saliva. While The child can feel the varnish on the teeth, they will not be able to remove it or lick it off.
The varnish will natural be absorbed into the tooth enamel over the course of 4 to 12 hours after it is applied.
Fluoride varnish can be used as early as after the eruption of the first baby tooth.
Your child can eat and drink as normal after the varnish is applied but should wait for four to six hours after the varnish has been applied to brush their teeth. Most dentists advise you to wait until the next morning before they brush their teeth.
Fluoride varnish is safe when applied under professional supervision.
Fluoride will protect the teeth for several months before they are ready for reapplication. The dentist can recommend fluoride varnish every three to six months depending on the risk of cavities.
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