Fluoride VarnishesWhat are Fluoride Varnishes?
Fluoride varnishes are protective coatings that are painted on a child's teeth to prevent cavities. Your dentist or dental hygienist might even paint it on teeth that already have cavities because the fluoride can stop cavities from getting bigger.
How long does it last?
The fluoride coating will work best if it is painted on the teeth 2-4 times a year.
Your dentist or dental hygienist can tell you what your child will need.
How are they put on?
The varnish will be painted on your child's teeth. It doesn't hurt, but your child may cry because he may not like strangers putting their hands in his mouth.
There will be some yellow color on your child's teeth the first day. This yellow color will go away when they are brushed.
Are they safe?
Yes! They've been used for many years and many children have had them!
What else do I need to remember?
Your child should eat only soft foods for 30 minutes after the varnish is applied.
Do not brush your child's teeth that night.
Fluoride Varnish Clinics
Date of Source Material: 9/16/2009
Source: Public Health
Link to Source:
Kevin Barry: Director
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. M-F
**In Case of Public Health Emergency call
228 W Main St, MS-CH-14
Goldendale, WA 98620
Fax: 509 773-5991
Phone: 509 773-4565
White Salmon Office:
501 NE Washington
PO BOX 159
White Salmon, WA 98672
Fax: 509 493-4025
Phone: 509 493-1558