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Give your child supersmiles with fluoride varnish

Fluoride varnish

As a parent, there are few better things you can do for your child than help them look after their oral health – from teething babies to teenagers. That’s why we want you to have all the knowledge and know-how to care for their teeth.

Together, we can help prevent future dental problems during childhood and into adulthood, too.

When should I take my child for their first dental check-up?

To help your child avoid problems with their teeth and gums, it’s important you bring them along to visit us as they approach their first birthday. Sadly, around a quarter of British children develop tooth decay by the time they are five years’ old. Through regular visits to the dentist, good diet and correct brushing techniques, problems like tooth decay can easily be prevented. That’s why it’s so vital these habits are established as early as possible.

What is fluoride varnish treatment?

This is a quick and painless preventive treatment whereby fluoride varnish is applied to your child’s teeth by a dentist or nurse. The process involves painting a fluoride-based varnish onto the surface of the tooth. Children aged three and over should be given a fluoride varnish application at least twice a year*.

Why are fluoride varnishes so effective?

They strengthen your child’s tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay.
Fluoride infographic