What is flouride varnish? & Why is it recommended?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the use of fluoride in preventing tooth-decay in children and adults  was one of the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century.  Our philosophy at Giunta Dentistry is sometimes the best dentistry is none at all, and that’s we why recommend fluoride varnish to prevent tooth-decay and extensive dental restorative treatment.   

Fluoride varnish is an easy, yet effective treatment following a dental cleaning helping to reduce the likelihood of cavities.  Fluoride is a naturally occurring ion that over time helps to remineralize tooth enamel.   Fluoride also reduces the  bacterial production of acid which erodes enamel and decreases the ability of bacteria to adhere to the tooth surface. 

 Fluoride varnish is beneficial for patients of all ages  and especially those that suffer from dry-mouth, tooth-sensitivity, and patients who have had a cavity in the last year.   For patients that already have had extensive dental restorations,  fluoride varnish is great way to help keep the tooth structure around your restorations strong and decay-resistant.   Fluoride applied to children and teens helps them start out on a lifetime without ever having a cavity.

 In most cases, fluoride varnish is applied two times a year for maximum effectiveness. Fluoride varnish is applied to the teeth with a small brush following the completion of your dental cleaning and it then dries on contact.    After that,  you can eat or drink like normal for the rest of the day, just do not brush your teeth for 6-hours to allow the varnish to act your tooth enamel.  Following fluoride varnish, use a fluoride containing toothpaste at least two-times a day for your regular everyday oral hygiene.