South Central Public Health District offers fluoride varnish to children to help protect their teeth from cavities.
Fluoride varnish is a topical fluoride used to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride has been proven to be effective in preventing and reversing he early signs of tooth decay.
Fluoride varnish is quick and easy to apply, and the concentration of fluoride is twice as high as the standard fluoride gel. Varnish is a gel-like substance that is "painted" on the child's teeth.
This type of varnish can be applied to teeth in difficult patients when a conventional gel that takes more time may not be possible.
Fluoride varnish remains on the teeth for 24 hours after application, releasing fluoride into smooth surface areas of the teeth, and then is brushed and flossed off.
Fluoride in varnish enters the tooth enamel and makes the tooth hard. It can prevent new cavities and slow down or stop decay from getting worse. If tooth decay is just starting, it can repair the tooth.
Fluoride varnish is safe. It can be used on babies from the time they have their first tooth. Because the varnish is painted onto teeth and only a very small amount is used, almost no fluoride is swallowed.
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Medicaid and insurance will be billed. If you have dental coverage, please make sure you complete that section on the permission form. Even if you don't have dental coverage, your child may still participate in this program.