Why We Paint?

May 27, 2014 | Posted in Education

We changed how we do fluoride treatments.  We no longer use those big cumbersome trays that were uncomfortable in the mouth but now we paint on a fluoride varnish.  This varnish is a temporary adhesive form of varnish, which is applied by your dental hygienist.
It is a more effective way of delivering the fluoride to the tooth since it is designed to adhere to the tooth for several hours.  It can be applied to enamel, dentin or cementum to prevent decay, repair the tooth surface and treat sensitivity. 
Advantages include: 
·  Varnishes are easily applied.
·  Varnishes dry rapidly and set in the presence of saliva.
·  They are suitable to use with patients that have a strong gag reflex.
·  Due to the small amounts used and the rapid setting time there is only a small amount ingested.
·  The sticky consistency helps it to adhere to the tooth and stay in contact with the tooth for hours. 
·  Varnishes can be used in children under the age of 6 due to the reduction in the amount of fluoride that can be potentially swallowed.
At Rideau Dental Centre we are always trying to find better ways to improve your oral health.  Call us for an appointment at 613-230-7475.