Fluoride varnish is a protective coating that is easily painted on teeth. The varnish releases fluoride over a period of time, which strengthens teeth, and prevents tooth decay. It can also stop tooth damage that has already started.
Camden & Islington Fluoride Varnish Programme
Tooth decay is still very common in children and it can cause pain, stop children from eating, speaking, sleeping and learning properly. Studies show that fluoride varnish is very effective if applied to the teeth at least twice a year.
Too much fluoride sometimes causes white or brown spots on teeth so it is important that your child gets the right amount of fluoride. Your child should not take fluoride drops or tablets the day before, the day of, or the day after the application.
Should I still take my child for regular dental check-ups even if they have been seen by the fluoride varnish team?
Yes! Being enrolled on this programme is not a replacement for regular check-ups at your family's dentist. During the fluoride varnish application, the inspection we carry out is very brief. It is not as thorough as a full examination that your child would receive at the dental surgery.
Remember baby teeth are there for a reason! They give the child something to smile and chew with and (importantly) they save space for the grown up teeth. Early loss of baby teeth can lead to problems with the adult teeth later on.
Yes, 3-7 year old children (Nursery-Year 2) in eligible schools will receive up to 2 applications per academic year. Please make sure you complete the consent form to make sure your child is seen by the dental team visiting your child's school.
- Severe asthma
- Severe allergies /carries an Epi Pen
- Child has a sore mouth or is unwell on the day
Is it true that fluoride varnish contains alcohol? My religious beliefs do not allow consumption of alcohol.
Some fluoride varnishes contain alcohol, in the form of ethanol, but it has been agreed on the authority of the West Midlands Shari'ah Council that they are suitable for use by Muslims as they are being used as medicament and they are not an intoxicant, and are used in small amounts well below that which would intoxicate and they are not being used for reasons of vanity.