Fluoride Varnish

By dr evans
Mar 22, 2013

A month ago our office switched fluoride from the rinse for adults and trays for kids to...
Fluoride Varnish!
We are loving using varnish because our patients LOVE IT!
It is great for both kids and adults!!

Fluoride Varnish is a highly concentrated form of fluoride that is applied to the tooth surface with a little brush.  The varnish adheres to the tooth surface for several hours and is more effective in preventing decay or treating hypersensitivity because of its adherent properties.  

Anyone in our office can brush it on the teeth and the presence of saliva allows it to dry rapidly and set.  After application, you let it sit there until night time and then brush your teeth to remove the varnish.

Varnish is available in different flavors which is great for all ages. 
Our patients love the caramel flavor.
It doesn't have the bitter taste of the fluoride rinse or trays.
Best of all the varnish does not cause nausea like the rinse and trays did!
Our patients are loving the varnish especially if they have a gag reflex.
Varnish does have a sticky consistency helping it to adhere to the tooth's surface.  This allows the fluoride to stay more in contact with the tooth, but the sticky feeling goes away within 5-10 minutes.

Switching to Fluoride Varnish has been a hit in our office due to its efficacy, ease of use (even on our 2 yr old patients whom it was difficult to do fluoride for before), and patients love how it doesn't cause nausea!

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