|Reports & Publications - Annual Report 2006
Fluoride Varnish can help prevent childhood caries
The Dental Program of the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit considers the use of Fluoride Varnish to be a safe and effective part of a cavity prevention program. The goal of the program is to increase knowledge and decrease incidence of Early Childhood Tooth Decay (ECTD).
ECTD can be a painful devastating disease and is a contributing factor for children who demonstrate a failure to thrive. Dental decay rates in the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties continue to cause concern with an average of 400 children per year, under the age of six, requiring dental treatment through the Children in Need of Treatment Program (CINOT) and Ontario Works (OW) Dental Benefits Program.
Fluoride varnish is simply brushed onto the teeth, allowing for easy application on young children. The varnish sets on contact with saliva leaving a sticky covering of varnish on the tooth surface for several hours, which provides maximal absorption of fluoride into the tooth enamel and minimal risk of fluoride consumption. Fluoride varnish is targeted for use on children 0 to 6 years of age. Not every child is eligible for this service so call your local health unit for more information.
For more information about fluoride varnish or dental programs offered by the Health Unit, visit Health Unit - Dental
Robin Cleary, RDH, Registered Dental Hygienist
Fluoride varnish is targeted for use on children 0 to 6 years of age.