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Is fluoride varnish treatment recommended for adults and children?

Fluoride varnish is a simple and safe treatment to prevent tooth decay and cavities…

what is a fluoride varnish?

A treatment provided in a dental setting, most often for children to prevent, slow and reduce the spread of tooth decay. Fluoride varnish is made with fluoride, a mineral that strengthens the enamel of our teeth.
Fluoride Varnish Treatment for Kids

you might want
a fluoride varnish if…

You would like to prevent, slow or reduce the spread of tooth decay!    

The most prevalent oral health concern at our office is tooth decay. Common causes for tooth decay include: high sugar diets (sodas, candy), poor oral hygiene at home and cavity-causing bacteria. The result of the tooth breaking down is a cavity which needs to be treated with a filling. Fluoride varnish can not completely prevent cavities on it’s own, but is much more effective when also brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing regularly, staying current on dental cleanings and eating a healthy diet.


what to expect during fluoride varnish application

Applying a fluoride varnish typically involves one appointment at the office. Read on for timings and how to prepare.

    Receiving a Fluoride Treatment at a Dentist

    A small brush is utilized to paint the varnish on the top and sides of each tooth.  Initially, the varnish is sticky but hardens once it comes into contact with saliva.  The varnish that hardens will be detectable by the tongue but will stay in place even if a patient tries to lick it off. 

    There is no pain or sensitivity during the application of varnish and takes only a few minutes to apply.  You may be asked to hold your small child knee to knee with the provider when they apply the fluoride varnish.




      after your fluoride varnish…

      To ensure the best outcome for the procedure, it is
      important to:

      • Refrain from brushing or flossing for 4-6 hours following the application of varnish.
      • Avoid hot foods and drinks for 4-6 hours.
      • Eating and drinking other foods or liquids is okay after application.


      fluoride varnish faqs

      answering your questions about fluoride varnish…  

      Is fluoride varnish safe?

      Yes, fluoride varnish is safe and used by dentists and doctors all over the world to help prevent tooth decay in children. A small amount is quickly applied.  It hardens with hardly any fluoride being swallowed. It is then brushed off after 4-12 hours.

      Can I get a cavity if I have a fluoride varnish?

      Fluoride varnish is only one step in the prevention of cavities and cannot be completely effective on its own. The treatment should be used in conjunction with regularly brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing regularly, staying current on dental cleanings and eating a healthy diet.


      Will having a fluoride varnish hurt?

      No, there is no pain or sensitivity from the application of varnish and it only takes a few minutes to apply. 


      Do you apply fluoride to every tooth?

      Yes, a small brush paints the varnish on the top and sides of each tooth.

      How long after fluoride varnish do I have to wait to eat and drink?

      You can eat or drink right after your visit, but please avoid hot foods and drinks.

      Have more questions? Please call us at 480-608-5444 or email us and we’ll be able to talk you through the process.

      Tips & advice from Dr. Silverman:

      Have you noticed your child’s new adult front teeth aren’t as white as the rest?

      A tip to form a healthy habit is to combine brushing and flossing with another regular part of your day such as showering. Electric toothbrushes work well in the shower and floss can easily be kept in the shower as well. So instead of just shampoo and soap, add brushing and flossing to the routine!
      For more advice, visit our faq page