Fluoride Varnish Treatment Specialist


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Fluoride Varnish Treatment services offered in Arlington, VA
When it comes to dental decay, prevention is the best approach. Fluoride varnish treatment is a great tool for reducing your risk of cavities. It is among the services available from William Lessne, D.D.S., Bilal Chaudhry, D.D.S., and the team at William Lessne, D.D.S. & Bilal Chaudhry D.D.S. in Arlington, Virginia. If you’d like more information about this preventive dentistry treatment, call the office to book a visit or schedule online today.
Fluoride Varnish Treatment Q & A

Why is fluoride essential for healthy teeth?

The best way to understand the role fluoride plays in dental health is to think about the daily shifts taking place in your enamel, the outermost layer of your teeth. The bacteria in plaque and sugars are constantly working to remove minerals from your tooth enamel. 

At the same time, minerals like calcium, phosphate, and fluoride are constantly being deposited onto enamel to keep it healthy and strong. Your risk of dental decay rises when the mineralization process cannot keep pace with the demineralization process.  

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in water and many food products. Fluoride helps protect your enamel from demineralization and also speeds mineralization. 

What is fluoride varnish treatment?

You can take in fluoride from water and food sources, which is known as systemic fluoride. But applying fluoride treatments directly to the surface of the teeth ensures that you get the best level of protection possible. 

Fluoride is especially important for kids because they are still learning how to take great care of their teeth. Kids also tend to eat more sticky, chewy, or sugary foods than adults, leaving them at a greater risk for decay.

Here are some additional reasons you might benefit from fluoride varnish treatments:

  • History of numerous cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Persistent dry mouth
  • Currently wearing braces or preparing for braces
  • Crowns or bridges

Ask your dentist if fluoride varnish treatment is a good fit for your needs.  

What is it like to get fluoride varnish treatment?

In years past, getting a fluoride treatment involved swishing a solution in your mouth or wearing a tray filled with fluoride foam for several minutes. Today, having fluoride treatments applied is far easier and more effective. 

During your visit, your dentist paints a fluoride varnish on all surfaces of your teeth. The varnish hardens immediately and begins delivering fluoride to your enamel. Best of all, fluoride varnish treatments last for around six months, providing the protection you can count on. 

You can eat and drink immediately after your visit. Try to avoid chewy, crunchy, or sticky foods for a few hours to give the varnish a chance to fully “cure.” If your dentist feels you need additional fluoride support, you may receive a prescription for an at-home mouthwash, gel, or an antibacterial rinse. 

For more information about fluoride varnish treatments and other preventive dentistry tools, call or click to set up your next one-on-one visit at William Lessne, D.D.S. & Bilal Chaudhry D.D.S.