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What To Know About Fluoride Varnish Treatments

During your checkup at the dentist, they may offer a fluoride varnish treatment as a way to improve the health of your teeth. However, there is not much you can do to learn about this treatment while you are in the dental chair and being asked if you want it. Here is what you need to know about getting a fluoride varnish treatment.

How Does A Fluoride Varnish Treatment Work?

It helps to know what exactly is going on when your dentist applies a fluoride varnish to your teeth. The process involves cleaning your teeth and then applying sticky gel to the surface of your teeth with a soft brush. The gel is absorbed into the teeth and helps demineralize plaque before it can develop on your teeth. The fluoride also prevents acid from attacking your teeth, and helps the teeth remineralize faster.

The varnish itself can have a fruity taste and smell to it and be quite pleasant. However, be aware that the varnish will need to stay on your teeth for about half an hour before you can eat or drink anything that may cause the varnish to come off your teeth. If you don't like the taste, you won't have to wait that long until you can get rid of the gel. It will naturally wear off during the day with saliva washing over your teeth, so there is no need to rinse it out with water.

Is A Fluoride Varnish Treatment Effective?

Studies have found fluoride varnish treatments to be effective at preventing cavities, especially in children. If you were worried about the treatment being a way for the dentist to perform another service while you were at the dentist, know that it is a proven way to prevent plaque buildup on your teeth.

Is A Fluoride Varnish Treatment Expensive? 

A fluoride varnish treatment is very inexpensive. The cost of the varnish itself to your dentist is fairly low, and you can expect to pay between $20 and $50 to have it done. This makes it an affordable treatment for most dental patients, and it may even be covered by your dental insurance policy

Still have questions about getting a fluoride varnish treatment? Feel free to ask your family dentist more questions about it during your next appointment. You may be surprised at how effective this treatment can be at preventing cavities and keeping your smile healthy.