If you are someone who takes precautions but still seem to get a lot of cavities, you might want to consider a fluoride varnish treatment. Whether you are prone to decay or not, taking care of your teeth and overall health starts with prevention.
What is fluoride varnish?
Fluoride varnish is a coating that is applied to the outer surface, or enamel, of the teeth using a small brush. The varnish adheres to the teeth and sets after contact with saliva. The use of varnish has become widely accepted by dentists as is easily tolerated by all ages. It has a prolonged effectiveness and has minimal risk of ingestion due to its immediate adherence properties. The American Dental Association supports the use of fluoride varnish as effective for reducing the rates of dental decay in the pediatric population, and has rated the treatment as being of the highest quality for the success of preventing and reducing dental decay in both baby and adult teeth.
Why do I need fluoride varnish?
Fluoride works by restoring minerals to the surface of the tooth where bacteria might have eroded the enamel. It can also help prevent cavities by inhibiting the growth of harmful oral bacteria. Fluoride occurs naturally in most water sources and is typically in anti-cavity toothpaste. However, the amount of fluoride in varnish is a lot higher and adds a layer of protection to teeth. It may be especially beneficial in preventing cavities in children, and can help keep bacteria under control for those who are prone to decay.
Using Fluoride Varnish
Fluoride varnish is painted on the teeth by your dentist. It is quick, easy to apply, and does not leave a bad taste. Because only a small amount of varnish is used, it is safe enough for babies and can be applied multiple times a year. The varnish lasts for a few months but it is recommended that you get the treatment done three to four times a year.
Why Pace Dental?
At Pace Dental, we know that a lot of people have dental anxiety. We provide a safe, comfortable atmosphere where you can relax and know that you are in good hands. Fluoride varnish is a gentle, non-invasive procedure that can be done quickly and efficiently. If you have any questions about treatment options, or would like to make an appointment, give us a call today.