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Fluoride Varnish - Free Dental Program for Children

The local Health Unit offers a free Fluoride Varnish application program that can help reduce the risk of tooth decay in young children.

The Fluoride Varnish program is provided free-of-charge to all students in Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. The Fluoride Varnish program is also offered in local daycares.

NOTE: Fluoride Varnish application is now available to eligible children and youth up to the age of 17 years in the Health Unit's area.

The Fluoride Varnish program is totally voluntary. A consent form, and more details about the program, are sent home with your child at the start of the school year. See below for additional details.

What is Fluoride Varnish?

• Fluoride varnish is a protective coating brushed on teeth. It helps prevent new cavities by making the tooth enamel harder.

• Fluoride varnish is recommended by Health Canada and the Canadian Dental Association. Fluoride varnish is most effective if applied at least two times per year, every year.

• Fluoride varnish supports good oral health, but does not replace the need for children to regularly brush their teeth and visit the dentist.

• The Fluoride varnish application takes place at your child's school or daycare. Fluoride varnish will be brushed onto your child's teeth by Health Unit staff.

• Fluoride varnish is free, very easy and quick!

Why is fluoride varnish recommended for your child?

• Tooth decay is one of the most common, yet preventable childhood diseases.

• Children can get cavities soon after their first baby teeth appear.

• Cavities in baby teeth may cause pain and prevent children from being able to properly eat, speak, sleep and learn.

To find out more click on the list of Frequently Asked Questions,

call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1247 or email us.