Per CDC data, cavities (also known as caries or tooth decay) are the most common chronic disease of childhood in the United States. Untreated cavities can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. The good news is they are preventable.
Fluoride varnish is a safe and effective treatment recommended for children and adults to help prevent cavities. It is made from a naturally occurring mineral and helps strengthen teeth. The varnish can be applied to the surfaces of the teeth by a dental hygienist, dentist, nurse, physician, or other health professional. Some insurances do not cover the cost of this treatment.
All First District offices offer fluoride treatments for all ages. Cost is $27 per treatment. Programs are available for un/under insured to help with cost. Call your local office for more details or to schedule an appointment.
Learn about other ways you can protect your teeth from cavities with these CDC resources.