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.
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