Let's Help Stop Tooth Decay with Fluoride Varnish
What is fluoride varnish?
- Fluoride varnish is a thick liquid painted on the teeth with a small disposable brush.
- It strengthens tooth enamel and can help prevent dental decay.
- The fluoride varnish is bubblegum flavored.
- Easy to apply and dries quickly.
- Free to children.
- Can be applied by a trained non-dental individual.
- Twice-a-year application done at the school.
Why should my child get fluoride varnish?
- Fluoride strengthens the teeth and can reverse the early decay process on a tooth.
- Fluoride varnish is one of the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay, if applied regularly.
Why do kids need fluoride?
- Dental caries (tooth decay) is the most common childhood disease.
- U.S. children miss over 51 million hours of school because of dental problems.
- Tooth decay is a common preventable disease.
- Cavities in baby and permanent teeth can cause pain and prevent children from eating, speaking, sleeping and learning properly.
- It is important to protect both primary (baby) teeth and permanent teeth.
- Children don’t lose all of their primary teeth until age 12 or older.
How long does the varnish last?
- The effects of the fluoride last for several months.
- The fluoride varnish is brushed off the teeth the morning after the application.
Who should get fluoride varnish?
- Fluoride varnish is for anyone who has risk factors for tooth decay, such as:
- A person that has had tooth decay
- Wears orthodontic appliances
- Has white spots on teeth
- Frequently drinks sports drinks, soda, and other sugary beverages
- Frequently chews sugar gum or eats candy and other sweets
- Has a disability which hinders the ability to take care of teeth
- Has a parent or family member who has had tooth decay
Fluoride varnish is both safe & beneficial for all ages.
*The application of fluoride varnish does not replace a comprehensive oral examination by your dentist, which is recommended once a year.*
~ In partnership with the: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Office of Primary Care and Rural Health