In-Office Fluoride Varnish Application Clinical Recommendations
Allie Webb - Jan 13 2021
ADA Clinical Recommendations & Caries Risk Assessment on In-Office Fluoride Varnish Application
In-office fluoride varnish treatments are a common and highly effective practice in pediatric dentistry to strengthen and protect teeth. Currently, the only fluoride treatment that is recommended by the American Dental Association for children younger than 6 years old is a 2.26% fluoride varnish applied at least every three to six months.
ADA In-Office Fluoride Recommendation for All Age Groups
Ages 0-6. 2.26% fluoride varnish at least every 3 to 6 months. (ADA In Favor)
Ages 6-18. 2.26% fluoride varnish at least every 3 to 6 months OR 1.23% fluoride (APF) gel for four minutes at least every 3 to 6 months. (ADA In Favor)
18+ and Adults with Root Caries: 2.26% fluoride varnish at least every 3 to 6 months OR 1.23% fluoride (APF) gel for four minutes at least every 3 to 6 months. (ADA Expert Opinion For)
Fluoride Treatments for Ages 6+
Once children have aged beyond 6 years old, a 1.23% APF gel is another option. However, this method of application involves a 4 minute treatment time versus a quicker varnish application that takes less than 1 minute. Varnish is the most convenient and low-risk method which is why we chose to create our own NovaBright Fluoride Varnish.
ADA Clinical Review and Recommendation
An important thing to note is that the ADA still has a “Expert Opinion For” ranking in favor of professionally applied fluoride varnish on all adults as well as adults with root caries in particular. This ranking implies that they are still gathering clinical data and evidence to support the recommendation, but the consensus among professionals in the field is in favor of the in-office fluoride treatment for all ages.
NovaBright 5% Sodium Fluoride Varnish
In-Office Caries Risk Assessment We have a great tool to help define patients at risk of developing root caries linked on our NovaBright 5% Sodium Fluoride Varnish product page. It is a risk assessment form created by the ADA to identify patients at risk of developing cavities. This is a quick 10-15 question form to give patients before an appointment and use to create a personalized treatment plan based on their evaluation of being at low, medium, or high risk of developing caries. If needed, this form can also be used to submit for insurance reimbursement as justification for a cavity prevention treatment.
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