The journal Pediatrics, in cooperation with the US Preventive Services Task Force, is issuing a new recommendation for children up to age five. To encourage collaboration between pediatricians and dentists, the American Dental Association has suggested that doctors regularly refer young patients at risk of dental decay to local dentists for treatment with fluoride varnish.
What Is Fluoride Varnish?
Fluoride varnish is a durable coating applied to children’s teeth when they first erupt. This procedure should continue for each tooth up to age five. The fluoride strengthens teeth and limits bacterial growth, while the coating limits sites where decay would likely progress to cavities. Demonstrated medically safe after decades of use, this recommendation is in the best interest of children throughout the United States and here in Placerville.
Fluoride Varnish in Placerville
As explained to ADA.org by pediatrician Grant Allen: “We want our patients in a dental home around age 1 year.” The Placerville Dental Group is prepared to follow through on that recommendation and looks forward to helping your entire family have quality dental care. Fluoride varnish is just one of the many services we provide to limit tooth decay and ensure that people are healthy, both as children and adults.