Flashcards in Fluoride Varnish Deck (17):
What is the function of Fluoride Varnish?
To help prevent caries in children
How does Topical Fluoride work?
1. Slows Caries Progression
2. Caries arresting
3. Caries inhibiting
4. Makes enamel more resistant to acid attack from plaque bacteria
How does Fluoride Varnish slow Caries Progression?
By stopping demineralisation
How does it make enamel more resistant to acid attack from plaque bacteria?
By speeding up remineralisation and when tooth remineralises it does so with fluoride ions making the tooth surface stronger / less soluble
How does Fluoride Varnish inhibit caries?
Stops bacterial metabolising so less acid is produced
How often should Fluoride Varnish be applied?
4 times per year
If residual varnish is visible or if the child has had varnish applied in the past 24 hours, what should you do?
Leave application until the next visit
When should Fluoride Varnish NOT be applied?
Child has been hospitalised due to severe asthma
Child is allergic to sticking plaster
Child has Ulcerative Gingivitis (bleeding painful gums, ulcers)
Child has Stomatitis (inflammation of mouth and lips)
What can you do instead of Fluoride Varnish if the child has had an allergy / severe asthma attack?
Use colophony-free varnish
Suggest alternative age-appropriate fluoride preparations
What alternative age-appropriate fluoride preparations can you do instead of Fluoride Varnish if the child has had an allergy / severe asthma attack?
mouthrinse or higher fluoride containing toothpaste
If the child is allergic to sticking plaster, why can they not have Fluoride Varnish applied?
Duraphat contains colophony
How much fluoride does Duraphat contain?
What percentage of Fluoride is in Duraphat?
How much Duraphat can a child have?
2-5 is 0.25ml
6 years and older is 0.4ml
Features of Fluoride Varnish that we can tell a child?
1. yellow gel
2. applied using a soft brush
3. sets quickly
4. pleasant taste
5. fruity smell
Fluoride Varnish after care advice?
1. Avoid eating or drinking for 30mins after application
2. Eat only soft foods for the rest of the day
3. Do NOT take fluoride drops or tablets for two days after the fluoride application