Fluoride Varnish

Fluoride Varnish Program

Fluoride varnish application is a primary prevention strategy that reduces the risk of cavities. The goal of the fluoride varnish program is to improve the oral health of Columbia County residents 6 months through 12 years of age by increasing access to fluoride protection, dental education and follow-up on oral health care as needed.

What is Fluoride Varnish?

Fluoride varnish is a gel that has a high concentration of fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen tooth enamel which helps teeth not decay. Fluoride can be found in toothpaste and is added in some city water supplies. Fluoride varnish is a gel/paste that is applied to the teeth and then hardens on the teeth. As it hardens fluoride is released into the enamel of the teeth helping to prevent decay. This added protection can be very beneficial!

How do I know if my child qualifies for this program?

This program is for children ages 6 months through 12 years old that have Badgercare, Medicaid, or no insurance.

Where is Fluoride Varnish available?

Fluoride Varnish appointments are available as Walk-ins or by appointment.

Walk-ins and appointments are available Monday – Friday 830 am to 400 pm.

To schedule an appointment please call (608) 742-9227 and ask to speak to a Public Health Nurse.

What can I expect during a walk-in or scheduled appointment?

A Public Health Nurse will perform an oral health screening and assessment. After the screening and assessment, they will apply varnish as needed. The application of varnish is painless. The appointment will take approximately 15 minutes.

There is possibility that the child’s teeth may be discolored for 24-48 hours but will be removed by brushing teeth 24-48 hours later.

The child will have to avoid eating or drinking for 2 hours after fluoride varnish is applied to the teeth. They should also avoid eating hot, sticky, or hard foods for the rest of the day.