Fluoride varnish in the primary dentition can prevent cavities

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Primary teeth are particularly prone to caries

Caries or cavities are caused by bacteria in the dental plaque, sugary foods and drinks, and a lack of oral hygiene. Children are especially likely to have caries because the enamel on baby teeth is more sensitive than the enamel on permanent teeth. Permanent teeth are sensitive at first too: When they break through, their enamel has not yet fully hardened, making it susceptible to caries. If the primary teeth already have caries lesions, subsequent permanent teeth are often also “infected” with caries at an early stage. Particularly in young children, oral hygiene and caries prevention can be challenging, however.

Children until the age of 6 years, with or without caries of their primary teeth, were included in the research question of the present rapid report: Does the application of fluoride varnish to the primary dentition have advantages in comparison with standard care without specific fluoride application?

Fluoride varnish promotes remineralization

A clear advantage was determined based on the study results. This advantage was given to the teeth that had applications of fluoride varnish. It was determined that caries of primary teeth was less common after application of fluoride varnish than without it. This treatment could completely prevent caries in about every 10th child. And it would at least reduce progression of caries in further children. Apparently, it did not make a difference for the benefit of the fluoride varnish whether the children already had caries or whether their teeth were completely intact.

South County Smiles is thrilled to continue to provide this service to their patients and will be delighted to offer it to you at your next hygiene visit. Feel free to ask about it today!

 


 

Source: Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care. (2018, April 26). Fluoride varnish in the primary dentition can prevent caries: Less caries with fluoride varnish application than without; benefit unclear regarding tooth preservation, toothache or dental abscesses. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 17, 2018 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180426102840.htm