Are your child's teeth protected?

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Fluoride varnish is used to help protect teeth from cavities. The varnish is painted on. It is sticky so it stays on the teeth longer than other ways fluoride is provided. It makes the outside of the teeth harder and helps prevent decay.

Your child may qualify for fluoride varnish if he/she:

• is covered by a Tenncare Insurance Plan

• is between 6 months and 5 years of age

• does NOT visit a dentist regularly

How is Fluoride Varnish applied?

A small piece of gauze is used to clean and dry the teeth. The varnish is painted onto the front and back, top and bottom of the teeth with a tiny brush. It forms a sticky covering over the tooth and becomes hard as soon as saliva in the mouth touches it. It takes less than 2 minutes to varnish the teeth. Varnish should be applied every 6 months.

If your child already sees a dentist, they may not need fluoride varnish. However, because finding a dentist for your young child may be difficult, we are pleased to offer this service as a convenience to you. Fluoride Varnish can be applied Monday-Friday in our office.

Please contact us with questions, or to schedule your child’s appointment.

For more information, check out these links:

• https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/oral-health/Pages/Fluoride-Varnish-What-Parents-Need-to-Know.aspx

• http://www2.aap.org/oralhealth/FamilyResources.html

• http://www2.aap.org/oralhealth/SmilesForLife.html