Early childhood caries is a severe, rapidly progressing form of tooth decay that affects primary teeth, which erupt first and are least protected by saliva. Caries in a young child can lead to pain, early tooth loss, infection and increased risk of adult tooth decay. You can prevent or stop the progression of early childhood caries by applying fluoride varnish (5% sodium fluoride in a resin) two to three times a year, depending on the child’s risk for caries. It is preferably applicable until the age of 12 years.
What is fluoride varnish?
Fluoride varnish is a protective coating that is applied to teeth to help prevent cavities. Fluoride varnish is easy to apply and can prevent arrest and even reverse early cavity formation. It also strengthens teeth, renews high levels of fluoride in superficial enamel and helps slow or reverse demineralization.
The varnish is colorless or caramel colored. It forms a sticky layer on the tooth that hardens on contact with saliva and penetrates the tooth enamel. Allow varnish to remain on the teeth overnight. Risk of varnish ingestion and toxicity is very low, as only a small amount of varnish per application is required. We do not apply fluoride varnish if ulcerative gingivitis, stomatitis or open soft tissue lesions are present.
Why is fluoride varnish recommended?
Cavities can cause pain and infections, which can lead to problems eating, speaking, playing and learning. Fluoride varnish makes teeth stronger, stops cavities from getting worse and helps to prevent new cavities from forming.
Is fluoride varnish safe?
Yes. Fluoride varnish is safe for any age. It can even be used on babies when their first teeth come in. Only a very small amount of fluoride varnish is used. Children should see a dentist starting by age 1.
How is fluoride varnish applied?
Fluoride varnish is painted on teeth with a brush by our trained dentists or dental hygienists. It is a quick and easy process, and there is no pain or bad taste. The varnish sticks to the teeth and may temporarily make teeth look yellowish or less shiny. These changes are normal and will go away when the teeth are brushed the next day.
How long does fluoride varnish last?
Fluoride varnish keeps protecting teeth for several months. It works best if it is reapplied every three to six months.
Can I eat, drink or brush my teeth normally after fluoride varnish is applied?
Wait until the next day to brush teeth. Avoid hot, hard or sticky foods, and hot drinks, for the rest of the day. Hard or chewy foods might chip the varnish off.
Is there any other form in which fluoride could be applied?
Yes. Other forms of Topical Fluorides include toothpastes and mouth rinses. You can use fluoride containing toothpaste to drop the level of cavities. Mouth Rinses can also be prescribed, however they are suggested to be used after the age of six years.
Facts of Fluoride
Over the past few decades, cavities have been reduced dramatically and the major reason is Fluoride. Research has shown that fluoride helps reducing cavities in both children and adults. It also repairs early stages of tooth decay. Unfortunately, not many people are informed about fluoride and fluoridation. It is like any other nutrient, it is safe and effective when used appropriately.For any further details you can contact us at 9893499099 for Vijaynagar clinic and 0731-4250950 for Navlakha clinic.