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.*

    Learn more about fluoride and the Belton School District's partnership with the Cass Community Health Foundation for improved dental health in children.

    ~ In partnership with the: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Office of Primary Care and Rural Health

  • en español: Ayudemos Detener Caries Dental con Barniz de Fluor