Fluoride Dental Application
Fluoride helps protect against tooth decay and cavities in children’s teeth. At Smile Hub Dental Clinic in Bayside Medical Centre, Sutton, one of our highly trained dentists will assess how much fluoride your child is exposed to through toothbrushing, mouthwashes and your home water supply. Our dental team will tailor it’s advice to make sure that your child is exposed to the correct amount of fluoride for their age and decay/cavity risk.
If your child is moderate-high risk for tooth decay we often advise professional fluoride application 2-3 times per year. Fluoride varnish is a pale yellow gel that is applied to the child’s teeth and sets quickly after application. Unlike fissure seals fluoride varnish has a fruity pleasant taste and smell. Scientific studies show that fluoride varnish gives additional protection to children’s teeth against decay when used alongside brushing teeth regularly with fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride varnish has been shown to reduce tooth decay by 33%-45%. This is a flavoured paste which is applied to targeted ‘at-risk’ areas. It is important not to eat or drink for 1 hour after your fluoride application to ensure it’s maximum benefits.