Fluoride Varnish Application for Prevention of Dental Caries
At Peekaboo Pediatrics, we’ve won numerous awards because of our commitment to your child’s overall health which includes their oral health. This is why we coach families on proper nutrition as well as key components of good oral hygiene like brushing and flossing.
One of the ways we keep your child’s total body healthy is through prevention of cavities using a fluoride varnish. Fluoride varnish plays an important role in delaying existing decay and preventing future decay. When used in combination with proper brushing, flossing, and nutrition, fluoride varnish is a powerful defense against cavities.
Fluoride varnish is completely safe and doesn’t have any side effects. We apply this varnish to your child’s teeth in office and they brush it off a few hours later. While some children see a change in the color of their teeth after application of the varnish, it quickly disappears after they brush it off.
This sticky substance is applied to the front and side of teeth and hardens after touching spit. The procedure is completely harmless and pain-free, making it an easy way to not only treat children but also get them accustomed to dental treatment. Varnish can only be removed by brushing. The entire process of applying the varnish takes minutes.
After the varnish is applied, you’ll want to give your child soft foods. This prevents the varnish from being scraped away and ensures you get maximum efficacy. Only brush your child’s teeth at the time the doctor instructs you. Anytime before that and you’re decreasing the odds of success.
If you’re interested in learning more about preventing cavities and giving your child’s oral health a great start, contact us. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have and fluoride varnish and schedule an appointment to take care of your child today.