Fluoride Varnish

Fluoride varnish is a golden gel that is applied to a dried tooth surface. It has a pleasant taste and a fruity smell. It helps to prevent tooth decay by strengthening the teeth, and has shown to be most effective if applied to the teeth at least twice a year.

The varnish hardens on the tooth just after being applied, so the fluoride can be in contact with the outer surface of the teeth for a long period of time. The golden colour can take a few days to fade.

How Fluoride Varnish Applied?

The process is quick and easy. The varnish will either be applied the dentist or by Dental Nurse Monica Cringle. Monica has received additional training and qualifications to complete this procedure.

Only specially trained dental staff can apply the fluoride varnish. They have strict rules of hygiene and infection control. A clean pair of clinical gloves is worn and a new ‘fluoride application pack’ is used for each child. The child’s teeth are gently wiped with a cotton wool roll and the correct amount of fluoride varnish is applied using a small disposable soft brush.

A full set of aftercare instructions is given to each child.

Is Fluoride Varnish Safe?

Yes when applied at the correct dose, fluoride varnish is safe.

Children can have fluoride varnish applied up to four times per year. If your child has had fluoride varnish applied in school, it is a good idea to tell your dentist so that they can space out other applications to maximise the benefit.

Children who swallow too much fluoride can develop white spots on their teeth. That’s why it is important not to let your child eat toothpaste. Fluoride varnish is applied at school only twice a year therefore the risk of developing white spots as a result is tiny.

If your child normally takes fluoride drops or tablets, they should not take them on the day before, the day of the varnish, or the day following the application.


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