LIBERTY Dental Plan health tip:  
Fluoride Varnish Treatment  
LIBERTY cares about more than just teeth!  
Cavities can form  
as soon as a child  
gets their first  
What is fluoride varnish?  
Why should fluoride varnish be applied?  
Fluoride varnish is a liquid coating containing fluoride  
treatment that is painted on the teeth to help prevent  
tooth decay, slow it down, or stop it from getting worse.  
Fluoride varnish is made with fluoride, a mineral that  
can strengthen tooth enamel (outer coating on teeth).  
Keep in mind that fluoride varnish treatments cannot  
completely prevent cavities.  
Fluoride varnish should be put on a child’s teeth  
because cavities can begin as soon as the first tooth  
comes in. Cavities in baby teeth can cause pain and  
can prevent children from sleeping, speaking, and  
even learning properly. Children do not lose all their  
baby teeth until they are 11 or 12 years old. Tooth  
decay is the most common preventable disease in  
Is Fluoride Varnish Safe?  
Fluoride varnish is safe and is used by dentists and  
doctors all over the world to help prevent tooth  
decay in children. Only a small amount is used, and  
hardly any fluoride is swallowed. It is quickly applied  
and hardens. Then it is brushed off after 4 to 12 hours.  
After the fluoride varnish application procedure:  
Eat only soft foods for at least 2 hours after treatment  
Do not consume hot drinks or use mouthwash for at  
least 6 hours after treatment  
Wait 4 to 6 hours until brushing and flossing teeth  
How is fluoride varnish applied?  
Fluoride varnish is applied to the top and sides of  
each tooth with a small brush. The tasteless, quick  
drying liquid is applied to clean, dry teeth and  
hardens as soon as it comes in contact with saliva.  
Making members shine, one smile at a time  
2018 LIBERTY Dental Plan Fluoride-Varnish-Treatment-Eng RN 09 2018