Fluoride varnish treatment involves applying a highly concentrated fluoride to the enamel. Its role is to both strengthen the enamel and prevent tooth decay.
The procedure is painless and can be quickly accomplished. First, all teeth are thoroughly cleaned and then a small amount of a highly concentrated fluoride agent is applied onto your tooth surfaces. After the fluoride varnish has dried, it releases small doses of fluoride for several consecutive hours. The procedure can be performed as prophylaxis every six months.
Both adults and children who are particularly predisposed toward developing tooth decay should undergo fluoride varnish treatment. Although there are many fluoride-containing products available on the market, e.g. toothpastes, the quantities of fluoride contained in them are very small and fluoride can be easily washed away. Therefore, only fluoride varnish can bring about long-term effects, as fluoride is used in high concentrations and varnish adheres to the teeth for a longer time.