What is Fluoride Varnish?
Fluoride varnish contains 5% sodium fluoride in a colophony/resin base which is applied to the teeth by painting it on the tooth surface.
The varnish hardens on the tooth as soon as it contacts saliva, allowing the high concentration of fluoride to be in contact with tooth enamel for an extended period of time. This is considered the most scientifically effective and a safe way to apply fluoride vs: trays with gel or rinses.
Why is a Fluoride Varnish needed?
Fluoride varnish works by increasing the concentration of fluoride in the outer surface of teeth, thereby enhancing fluoride uptake during early stages of demineralization/softening of the tooth enamel. .
Fluoride varnish has been found to be effective in preventing cavities on permanent (adult) teeth as well for the primary teeth of young children. Fluoride varnish helps to prevent root decay, often present in our senior population. F- Varnish provides protection when daily oral hygiene is poor. This varnish is also helpful for individuals who have sensitive teeth.
How does Fluoride Work?
Tooth decay is an infectious, contagious disease caused by bacteria building up on the teeth and producing acid that dissolves enamel, resulting in softened enamel. All fluorides act to slow demineralization and boost remineralization or strengthening of the enamel. When bacterial plaque remains on the teeth it continues to destroy the tooth structure which will result in a cavity.
What are the Disadvantages of Not Applying Fluoride Varnish?
Consider this cost-effective measure to prevent cavities vs: having decay and fillings performed. Fillings do NOT last forever and typically need replacement every five to ten years. Over the course of a lifetime this can be very expensive. Fluoride varnish is a safe & effective way to strengthen our enamel and help to prevent decay.
Fluoride Varnish: $20.00