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Post-Operative Instructions for Fluoride Varnish

Please follow these instructions following your fluoride varnish treatment.

  1. Fluoride varnish will remain on your teeth for approximately 4-6 hours.  Please follow the guidelines below during that time only:
    • Do not brush or floss.
    • Avoid hot beverages.
    • Avoid hard or crunchy foods.
    • Avoid products containing alcohol.
    • Avoid other “over the counter” fluoride items such as toothpastes, gels, and rinses.
  2. Please resume the activities above following the expiration of the 6 hour window.
  3. DO NOT use your prescription fluoride medications such as Gel-Kam or Periomed for three days AFTER treatment.
  4. A thorough brushing and flossing of your teeth (after the six hours window) will remove any remaining traces of your fluoride varnish.

Want to learn more? See Fluoride Varnish.