To reduce the risk of tooth caries, sensitivity, and pain and to strengthen the enamel, a coating of transparent topical fluoride is applied by the dentist. It is commonly known as fluoride varnish treatment.
Fluoride Varnish Not Just For Children:
Fluoride varnish treatment is widely used not only for children but also for adult patients with cavities. It can benefit a wide range of patients, which includes kids, to maintain their healthy oral hygiene. As well as adult patients with teeth sensitivity problems, tooth decay, and excessive dental wear and tear.
Caries Development in Adults:
Fluoride Varnish can benefit both children and adult patients. As per recent studies, adults fall into cavity prone group, and they experience a cavity at the rate similar to that of children. Adults in their 40’s and 50’s experience dental problems.
There are various factors which put adults at risk of cavity development, such as
- Use of medication
- Cariogenic diet
- Presence of exposed root surface
- Restoration overhangs and open margins
- Chemotherapy or H/N radiation therapy
- Active caries in the previous 24 months
- Multisurface restorations
- Poor oral hygiene
Fluoride Varnish treatment in adults as per risk factors:
Risk assessment of the patient is done by a simple checklist method after