What is fluoride varnish and what is it used for?
Fluoride varnish provides extra protection against tooth decay when used in addition to brushing. Fluoride varnish is a pale yellow gel that sets quickly when applied to children’s teeth using a soft brush on dried teeth. The varnish sets quickly and has a pleasant taste. Scientific studies have shown that fluoride varnish gives added protection to teeth against decay when used in addition to regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste.
A safe application of 5% fluoride varnish was painted on your child’s teeth today. This treatment delivers fluoride and a protective coating to the teeth surface. To maximize the benefits of this treatment please follow the recommendations listed below.
- Do not brush or floss for at least 4-6 hours
- If possible, wait until tomorrow to resume brushing & flossing
- Avoid hot drinks and products containing alcohol (oral rinses, etc) today
- Enjoy a soft diet for the rest of the day (no sticky or hard foods)
It is not uncommon for children to report they feel the varnish on their teeth. The varnish will be eliminated over the next few days, once brushing and flossing has been resumed. Any discoloration will disappear in 24-48 hours after the varnish application.