Dental varnishing is a prophylactic procedure. Its main aim is to increase the teeth’s resistance to dental caries.
During a varnishing procedure, the surface of milk or permanent teeth is covered with lacquers which contain a high concentration of fluorine (0.1-6%). Before varnishing, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned in a mechanical manner using a soft brush. Afterwards, the teeth are dried up and finally – a brush is used to cover the whole surface area of the teeth with the therapeutic lacquer.
The procedure is completely painless and lasts from 5 to 10 minutes. To maintain an optimal condition of the dentition, this quick and non-invasive procedure should be performed even 2-4 times a year (depending on the hygiene/dietary habits of the child or adult patient). Varnishing allows to measurably strengthen teeth’s enamel, reduce hypersensitivity and reduce by up to 40% the risk of occurrence of dental caries.
The frequency at which dental varnishing is performed is decided taking into consideration the individual’s needs and intrinsic predisposition to dental caries. For patients with an average predisposition, dental varnishing should be performed twice a year (every 6 months). For patients with a pronounced predisposition to dental caries, varnishing should be performed four times a year (every 3 months).
How does dental varnishing differ from dental sealing?
Contrary to popular opinion, varnishing and sealing are not the same dental procedures. Varnishing is „painting” of cleaned teeth with a special soft brush soaked in dental lacquer.