Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that helps rebuild tooth enamel and stop the progression of tooth decay.
Fluoride treatment will...
-Protect and remineralize enamel, helping reduce the likelihood of a cavity.
-Repair weakened tooth enamel by replenishing lost calcium and phosphate — minerals naturally present in saliva. (These minerals also make your teeth more resistant to future decay)
After your flouride treatment is applied, DO NOT eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow your teeth to absorb the fluoride and help repair microscopic areas of decay. Try to avoid hot drinks and crunchy foods for 4-6 hours.
The positive effects of the varnish can last anywhere from 3-6 months!
According to Stanford Children's Health, children can begin getting fluoride treatments at the dentist once their first tooth appears.
*However, children under 2 years old should still use a FLOURIDE-FREE toothpaste.
For children, the fluoride varnish applied by the dentist is safe, as they only use a small amount of fluoride, and hardly any fluoride gets swallowed.
In a study carried out by University of Washington researchers, using flouride varnish decreased the risk of developing new cavities in children.
SO SAY YES to FLOURIDE!
Resource: Flouride Treatments in the Dental Office Article on Colgate.com, Medically Reviewed By Colgate Global Scientific Communications.