Topical fluoride is a safe and effective treatment for the prevention of cavities. At your well visit, your child will receive an oral exam by the provider. Based on your response to screening questions and the results of the examination a decision will be made on fluoride treatment. The first application will be done that day. Your child will be scheduled for follow up applications every 3-6 months. It can be applied at routine visits but not if your child is here for a sick visit. You will be provided information on local dentists for more extensive dental care. Please review the article below.
After the fluoride varnish application your child should eat soft foods for the rest of the day, which will help the fluoride varnish stay on the teeth for longer. This will provide the best possible benefit. It is important that the golden varnish remains on the teeth overnight and it is recommended that you do not brush your child’s teeth on the night of application, but from the following morning brush your child’s teeth twice daily. Children who consume too much fluoride can develop white spots on their teeth. This is not tooth decay. The risk of developing white spots as a result of fluoride varnish is small and in the rare instances it occurs, it can easily be treated. Some children may be taking fluoride drops or tablets which should not be taken the day before, the day of, or the day after application. Fluoride supplements should continue as directed two days after the fluoride varnish application.Below you will find additional information on oral health: