Flouride Treatment for Children
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At Moonlight Dental Surgery we apply fluoride varnish to teeth, when necessary, to help prevent decay. It is painted on to the surface of the teeth and contains high levels of fluoride, which strengthen the tooth’s enamel and help to make it more resistant to decay.
Fluoride varnish can be used on both baby and adult teeth and needs to be applied every six months. At our practice we recommend children from the age of three years upwards should have treatment with fluoride varnish to help keep their teeth strong and healthy. Most parents find that it is most convenient to have children treated with fluoride varnish at their six-monthly dental check-ups.
Treatment with fluoride varnish can sometimes cause temporary discolouration of the teeth. This will not last for long, but you should not brush your child’s teeth until the next day to give the varnish time to work.
Before treatment starts, your dentist will carry out a thorough assessment of the inside and outside of your child’s mouth to check they are suitable for treatment. If your child has a cold or flu, you may be asked to bring them back to receive treatment when they are better. If they have severe decay and the pulp of the tooth is exposed, this may have to be treated first.
Here’s how it works:
Your child’s dentist will give your child safety goggles and a bib, and tell them what they are going to do.
They will carefully examine the inside and outside of your child’s mouth to check for any abnormalities, illnesses or decay that may men treatment should be postponed.
The dentist will then carefully paint the varnish on to your child’s teeth, starting at the back and working forward.
Your child should not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after application, and should not brush their teeth until the next day.
Strengthens tooth enamel, helping to prevent decay and thus fillings or tooth loss.
Works on both adult and baby teeth.
Helps give your child positive early experiences of visiting the dentist, and helps them learn good oral healthcare.