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May
7

Fluoride Varnish and Tooth Sensitivity

There’s a new way to treat tooth sensitivity, and the results can last up to 3 months! What is it? Fluoride varnish. Varnish is a newer take on fluoride treatments that not only is much more effective at preventing tooth decay, it also helps seal off areas of the teeth that are prone to sensitivity.

Application of the varnish takes just a few minutes. The teeth are cleaned, wiped dry, and then a small brush is used to apply the fluoride varnish along the sensitive areas as well as the rest of the teeth. Although the varnish feels slightly sticky, it provides almost instant results that can last as long as 3 months after application. Some patients find it so effective that they come in between their preventive care appointments for a re-application. It’s also very affordable.

Varnish works by blocking the pores of the teeth and encouraging the minerals to calcify in place, repelling decay and preventing nerve sensitivity. It’s important not to brush your teeth for several hours after the application so that the varnish can stay in place as long as possible. However, you can eat or drink anytime after the application without having to wait.

Patients of all ages can benefit from fluoride varnishes. Many dentists are now replacing traditional forms of fluoride gels with brush on varnish because of how effective it is at repelling decay, rebuilding enamel, and preventing sensitivity. If you’ve tried other types of methods to eliminate symptoms of sensitivity, then it’s time that you gave fluoride varnish a chance. You might just be surprised at the results!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care

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