What is fluoride varnish and what is it used for?

Fluoride varnish provides extra protection against tooth decay when used in addition to brushing.

Fluoride varnish is a pale yellow gel that sets quickly when applied to children’s teeth using a soft brush. The varnish has a pleasant taste and a fruity smell.

Scientific studies have shown that fluoride varnish gives added protection to teeth against decay when used in addition to brushing teeth regularly with fluoride toothpaste.

If your dentist feels it is advisable for your child to have fluoride applied to their teeth they will discuss it with you at your child’s dental examination appointment.