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Fluoride Varnish

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What is Fluoride Varnish?

The role of fluoride varnish is very important for children as it improves the quality of dental enamel in their developing teeth, making their new teeth more resistant to decay. Fluoride varnish is topically applied and brushed onto all sides of your child’s teeth. It is a safe and painless procedure and takes just a couple of minutes to apply from start to finish.

Once applied and in contact with your child’s saliva, the fluoride hardens. The fluoride component is now absorbed into the dental enamel and begins strengthening the teeth.

It is non-invasive and painless. Most children enjoy the taste.

What is the Best Time for Flouride Treatment?

Your Blue Coral Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics dentist may recommend your child start receiving fluoride varnish treatments as soon as the eruption of their first primary tooth. In some cases even earlier depending on your child’s needs. This proactive approach to fluoride application can play a big role in stopping the later development of cavities.

As your child grows, it is necessary for good oral habits and a healthy nutritious diet, as it is not uncommon for demineralization to occur in premolars and molars. These teeth, in the back of the mouth, have pits and grooves that easily trap food particles and bacteria. This can also happen along the gum line, resulting in plaque accumulations that can wear away at the tooth enamel. Helping your child to brush and floss correctly as well as consuming foods and beverages that help their teeth will help the fight against tooth decay.

How Your Child Can Benefit from Fluoride Varnish

Fluoride Varnish is not only a preventative procedure, but it also encourages enamel remineralization that helps replace tiny pieces of enamel worn away by everyday wear and tear.

This makes enamel more resistant to acid attacks by bacteria-filled dental plaque. It also hinders bacterial metabolism of the mouth, which may cause oral bacteria to produce less harmful acid and reduce the number of acid attacks known to damage tooth enamel. After the varnish has been applied, your child’s teeth will not require any special care. Most patients can eat or drink right away after treatment

Recommended Every Six Months

Regular application of the varnish at each of your child’s six-month preventive visits will enable your child to reap the many benefits that only fluoride can provide. The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) discovered clinical evidence favoring 2.26% fluoride varnish applied every 3-6 months in children under the age of six as well as children and teenagers ages 6-18.

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Dentist in Park Ridge

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Blue Coral Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
690 N IL Route 31
Suite D
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Buffalo Grove
195 N Arlington Heights Rd
Suite 150
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
1521 Waukegan Rd
Glenview, IL 60025
Park Ridge
950 N Northwest Highway
Suite 102
Park Ridge, IL 60068
3500 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657