Fluoride Varnish Explained; Protect Teeth
Protect Teeth against caries
Fluoride varnishes to protect teeth have been around for many years. Developed in Europe in the early 60’s and 70’s, the reasoning behind the use of this type of fluoride sprang from the way in which it is delivered onto the teeth. Most fluoride varnishes contain a 5% solution of sodium fluoride base. At Madison Family Dental, we use a product called Vanish Varnish.
Madison Family Dental uses Vanish Varnish because of the ease of delivering it onto the teeth and because it does not leave a yellow color on the teeth. The high concentration of fluoride and the contact with the saliva allows it to absorb into and stick onto the tooth structure. This allows the enamel of the teeth to remineralize and strengthen for a longer period of time. The time period of absorption is 4 to 6 hours. Once the fluoride is absorbed the benefits last for 3 to 6 months. Fluoride varnish also has a desensitizing ability.
When we, as hygienists at Madison Family Dental, talk about fluoride varnish to our patients we let them know that it is a product that will benefit and protect teeth. It has a pleasant taste and smell and is quick and easy to apply. This product is a better choice over gels or liquid fluoride products. Many patients that we see are interested in the fluoride varnish and are receptive to its benefits. After explaining the risk factors that predispose their teeth to caries they are even more receptive. Our patients want to have the added protection of the fluoride varnish because of the amount of restorative work they have had in the past.
Fluoride varnish is a great option for many adult and teenage patients. We give them an opportunity to decide whether they want the benefit or not. Not all patients need it, but we let patients know it is available and is a great product.
Blog Post By Doris King RDH