While fluoride varnish is a common treatment for children, it can benefit adults as well. Fluoride treatments can help prevent tooth decay, strengthen the surface of the tooth or treat hypersensitivity. Fluoride varnish is high concentration of fluoride which is painted to the surface of the tooth to with a small brush. The fluoride then hardens and will wash away with regular brushing within 12 hours.
Various medications can cause a dry mouth, and this lack of saliva can increase the risk of tooth decay. In more extreme circumstances, radiation therapy in the head or neck may be necessary for a separate medical condition, but this radiation can damage the salivary glands and cause a far more harsh drop in the saliva production. Since the varnish can strengthen the surface of the tooth, it helps to counteract the risk.
Many suffer from sensitive teeth where they may be hesitant to eat cold foods like ice cream. While certain brands of toothpaste can limit the sensitivity, fluoride varnish can help as it can be applied to the exposed areas, strengthening the enamel and dentin. The seal provided by the varnish creates a barrier between the trigger of the sensitivity (such as ice cream). While the best practice is to brush and floss daily, many forget to maintain good oral hygiene on a regular basis. As a result, food can harden into plaque and cause tooth decay. For those with poor hygiene, the varnish helps to fight the decay.
Do you wish to have fluoride varnish applied to your teeth? Schedule an appointment today by calling (540) 486-5111 at Cedar Creek Dental.