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Fluoride Varnish Program

Fluoride varnish treatments are offered free of charge to all preschool children as well as students in junior and senior kindergarten classes.

What is fluoride varnish?

Fluoride varnish is a liquid that is brushed on teeth to help strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. Once the liquid meets saliva, it sticks to teeth and slowly releases fluoride into the enamel, making the tooth stronger and more resistant to cavities.

Is fluoride varnish safe?

Fluoride varnish is a safe and effective way to prevent or slow down tooth decay in children and adults. The use of fluoride varnish is approved and recommended by Health Canada and the Canadian Dental Association.  

Why is fluoride varnish recommended?

Communities in the PHU area do not have fluoride in their water system resulting in high decay rates among preschool and school aged children.  Fluoride has consistently been proven effective at preventing tooth decay, which, when left untreated, can lead to pain, loss of teeth and serious infections.

Where can I get this treatment?

Offered to all preschool children, ages 0-4, as well as all students in JK and SK classes who have a signed consent from a parent/guardian.     

  • Preschool Program: up to 3 FV applications, per calendar year, offered in all CDSSAB licensed childcare centres, EarlyON centres and PHU clinics throughout the district.      
  • School Program: up to 2 FV applications, per school year, offered in all elementary schools throughout the district. 

How is the fluoride varnish applied?

The fluoride varnish is brushed on the top and sides of the teeth with a small brush by a trained dental staff. Fluoride varnish is simple, quick and easy to apply.