Fluoride & Sealants

Fluoride Varnish 101


Fluoride varnish is a preventative dental treatment that helps strengthen and protect teeth. Fluoride varnish can prevent the start of tooth decay, stop the progression of tooth decay, and it can even help reverse early tooth decay. Fluoride varnish application is recommended as early as early as the eruption of the first tooth and it can be done 2-4 times a year depending on the individual’s oral health status. It comes in a liquid or gel form that contains a high concentration of fluoride (a naturally occurring mineral). Fluoride varnish application takes 1-2 minutes and it is pain-free. A thin layer is applied directly to the tops and sides of the teeth, where it hardens and releases fluoride into the enamel (the outer covering of teeth).

To ensure the effectiveness of the fluoride varnish it is recommended your child:

  • Avoid rinsing or drinking for approximately 30 minutes after application.
  • Avoid brushing teeth and eating for the following 4 hours application.

Dental Sealants 101

In addition to brushing and flossing twice a day, dental sealants are a safety net to help keep the molar teeth (the rough, uneven back teeth you use to chew) clean and safe from cavity-causing bacteria. A sealant is a thin plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Sealants are painted on as a liquid and harden quickly to form a shield over the tooth. By arming your child’s teeth with dental sealants, you can prevent decay and avoid future costs on fillings, crowns, or caps required to fix decayed teeth. To learn more about dental sealants, refer to the following resources:


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