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Fluoride Varnish Programme

It was highlighted by Public Health England (PHE), that Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale have poor oral health in children aged 5, following a national dental survey, as a result of this we now provide the Fluoride Varnish programme.

How it works

This scheme consists of three Senior Dental Nurses, who will be applying Fluoride varnish on children aged 3 to 5 years old twice a year in early years and school settings.

What is Fluoride varnish?

Fluoride Varnish is a thin layer of fluoride that is applied to the teeth. It is a golden/yellow colour that tastes very pleasant.

What are the advantages?

The advantages are:

  • It helps to prevent tooth decay
  • It strengthens tooth enamel
  • Fluoride Varnish reduces decay by up to 35% in addition with tooth brushing

How is it applied?

Fluoride Varnish is applied in 3 easy steps:

  1. Open wide
  2. Dry teeth with a cotton wool roll
  3. Apply a thin coating of fluoride on to the teeth with a little brush

What to do before treatment?

Before the child has the treatment you should:

  • Give them something to eat
  • Brush their teeth before you attend
  • Medical history and consent forms must be filled in and signed before treatment
  • Fluoride Varnish drops or tablets should not be taken the day before or after application 

What to do after treatment?

After their treatment you should:

  • Give them nothing to eat or drink for 30 minutes after treatment.
  • Do not brush their teeth for the rest of the day, brush as normal the next morning.
  • Do not use any high fluoride products such as fluoride tablets or fluoride mouthwash for 7 days.
  • In a rare event of an allergic reaction brush teeth with water to remove varnish and seek medical advice

How to access the service

The team are not open to referrals as the initiative has been commissioned  to reach school and early years’ settings in HMR which have already been identified.

Who to contact

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