Dental Varnish Treatment

Directions for Your Child’s After-Care

5% sodium fluoride varnish was applied to your child’s teeth. This treatment safely delivers fluoride and a protective coating to the tooth surfaces. To obtain the maximum benefit, please have your child follow these recommendations:

  • Wait until tomorrow morning to resume brushing and flossing.
  • Avoid crunchy and sticky foods for the rest of the day.
  • Avoid hot drinks and products containing alcohol (like oral rinses) for the rest of the day.

Your child will be able to feel the varnish on his/her teeth. The teeth may look slightly yellow. Once brushing or flossing is resumed, the varnish will be removed from the tooth surface over the next several days, and the discoloration will disappear as well.