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LEWISTON, IDAHO – Public Health-Idaho North Central District will hold a fluoride varnish clinic Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lewiston Public Health Office, located at 215 10th Street.
This free cavity prevention clinic is for all children between the ages of 0 and 18 who have teeth. Public Health will bill Medicaid if applicable. This clinic is free for uninsured children.
Public Health will provide children with an oral health assessment and dental home referrals as needed. Public Health will also provide oral health education to parents/guardians and children. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in most rivers, lakes, oceans and groundwater. It can also be found in certain foods. It helps prevent cavities in the teeth. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, the outer coating of teeth, which aids resistance to tooth decay, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).
Healthy gums and teeth are important for everyone’s overall health. Fluoride varnish is applied to the teeth with a small brush, once it mixes with the saliva the fluoride hardens allowing it to be in contact with the teeth for an extended period of time. Fluoride varnish treatments can be applied to the teeth two to four times a year. It is safe and is used by dentists and physicians to help prevent cavities in children around the world, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Children can leave immediately after treatment and should not brush their teeth for at least two to four hours after treatment. Good dental health requires regular brushing and flossing, regular dental care, fluoride, and a healthy diet.
The Fluoride Varnish Clinic will be held quarterly at the Lewiston Office of the North Central District of Idaho Public Health.
For more information on oral health, fluoride and fluoride varnish, visit:
https://idahopublichealth.com/community/oralhealth, https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/f/fluoride and