Fluoride Varnish - The Facts

Fluoride Varnish - ask your dentist about this free, quick treatment to help reduce tooth decay in children.

Fluoride varnish is a free treatment for all children over the age of 3, children aged 2 are able to have it applied if they are deemed high risk (already showing signs of decay).

The latest statistics for Doncaster show approximately 40% of children have not had the fluoride varnish applied.

Unfortunately, lots of children in Doncaster show signs of tooth decay; roughly 1/3 of children. Not all parents/carers are aware of fluoride varnish, which is one way we can help to protect our children’s teeth.

Fluoride varnish can be applied to both baby teeth and adult teeth by a dentist. The process involves painting a varnish containing high levels of fluoride onto the surface of the tooth every six months to prevent decay. It works by strengthening tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay.

From the age of three, children should be offered fluoride varnish treatment at least twice a year. Fluoride varnish should be offered two or more times a year for children of all ages with tooth decay or those at high risk of developing it.

We would like parents/carers to ask their dentist about fluoride varnish.  Have a look at our Fluoride Varnish poster that sums up the facts.

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Last updated: 31 August 2018 14:41:19