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Dental Varnish

Dental Varnish does NOT take the place of your regular dental visits. If you need help scheduling a dental visit please let us know.

Dental Tips

  • Use a soft, clean, moist wash-cloth to wipe out baby’s mouth after each feeding.

  • Once teeth erupt use a small, soft bristled toothbrush and a smear of fluoridated toothpaste to clean teeth 2 times a day.

  • Never offer juice or pop in a bottle.

  • Have a child see a dentist by their first birthday.

  • Do not dip pacifiers in sweet foods like sugar or honey.

little girl with toothbrush and toothpaste

Dental varnish is a protective coating of fluoride that is painted on the teeth to help prevent cavities. It can also help stop cavities that have started.

Yes! Dental varnish can be used on babies from the time they have their first tooth. Only a small amount of varnish is used. It is quick and easy to apply and does not leave a bad taste in the mouth. There is no pain, but your child may cry just because they don’t like things put in their mouth.

After dental varnish has been applied the teeth won’t look as bright and shiny as usual. Teeth may feel rough like sandpaper. They will look normal tomorrow when the varnish has had time to do its job and has worn off.

  • Do not let your child chew gum, eat hard or chewy food today. Eat a soft food diet and avoid hot drinks for 4-6 hours after application.
  • Do NOT brush or floss your child’s teeth for 4-6 hours after treatment.
  • Do not give your child a fluoride supplement or any other fluoride treatment for 2-3 days after a fluoride varnish.

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