In 2015, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) added the recommendation that pediatricians should make sure patient’s teeth are being varnished with fluoride. This recommendation will be included in the 2015 version of its Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care, which it published online August 31 and in the September issue of Pediatrics. According to an article published online, dental caries, or cavities, remain the most common chronic childhood disease in the United States despite the fact that they are largely preventable. The article describes fluoride varnish, which is a concentrated topical fluoride that both dental and non-dental health professionals can brush onto their patients’ teeth. It sets on contact with saliva. It is well tolerated by infants and young children and has a prolonged therapeutic effect.
Pediatric Center at Renaissance offers the fluoride dental varnish to patients ages 6 – 35 months. In most cases, insurance will cover this preventive service. It takes just seconds to apply and can be done during a well-child check up appointment. Call 956-686-6100 to schedule.
Article cited on Medscape Pediatrics, “AAP Adds Fluoride Varnish to Anticipatory Guidance Schedule“, August 31, 2015.