Dental Varnishing from the Hyde County Health Department
Tooth decay is one of the most common preventable diseases in children. Children as young as 12 months can get cavities! Close to 40% of children have cavities by the time they enter kindergarten.
Cavities in baby teeth can cause pain and even prevent children from being able to eat, speak, sleep and learn properly. With regular checkups and preventive measures early in a child’s life, many of these problems can be prevented.
Fluoride dental varnish is a safe, temporary protective coating that is painted on teeth to help prevent new cavities and to help stop cavities that have already started. Every few months your child will be screened using a mirror and light for early signs of oral disease and the varnish will be applied as well. Dental varnish can be applied every 3 or so months until a child is 3 years old, with a maximum of 6 applications.
For more information on oral health, visit the American Dental Association.
For more information on Fluoride Dental Varnishing, contact:
Jenna Brinn, RN, Public Health Nurse II
Women’s Health Services Coordinator