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Fluoride Varnish Program

Fluoride varnish treatments are available free of charge for all children 4 years of age and under through the Porcupine Health Unit Dental Services Program.

What is fluoride varnish?

Fluoride varnish is a protective coating painted onto teeth. It helps prevent new cavities by making the tooth enamel harder.

Is fluoride varnish safe?

Yes. Fluoride varnish is safe, even for children and babies. The use of fluoride varnish is approved and recommended by Health Canada and the Canadian Dental Association.

Why is fluoride varnish recommended?

Children can get cavities soon after their first baby teeth appear. Cavities in baby teeth may cause pain and prevent children from being able to eat, speak, sleep and learn properly.

We are trying to reduce the high decay rates found in our preschool population. Since fluoride is not added to any municipal drinking water system in our communities, local children do not receive the benefits of water fluoridation, which is safe and reduces tooth decay.

Where can I get this treatment?

It is offered (with parental consent) to all preschool children who attend licensed daycares and Ontario Early Years Centres, as well as in our health unit dental clinics. Fluoride varnish treatments are free-of-charge. If you have missed a treatment day at your daycare, you can contact us for an appointment at our clinic.

How is the fluoride varnish applied?

A member of the Porcupine Health Unit's Dental Program will paint the fluoride varnish onto your child’s teeth. It is not being swallowed or digested but rather has a topical effect.