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Office of Oral Health

Arizona Flouride Varnish Program

Start Early Protecting Your Child's Smile!

The Problem

  • Tooth decay remains one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood especially for Arizona children.
  • Many Arizona children start school with tooth decay, a disease that is largely preventable.
  • Tooth decay in children's teeth can be painful and prevent children from chewing, speaking, sleeping and learning.

Photo courtesy of Indian Health Service.

Fluoride Varnish is...

  • A protective topical fluoride that is painted on all parts of the teeth.
  • Safe and can be used from the time babies have their first tooth.
  • Prevents new cavities and can help stop cavities that have just started.
  • Should be applied on the teeth at least two times a year to keep teeth healthy.

The Arizona Fluoride Varnish Program

  • The Arizona Fluoride Varnish Program is an oral health prevention program for children 0 to 5 years of age.
  • A dental provider will look at your child's teeth and apply fluoride varnish as needed.
  • All services are provided free to children 0 to 5 years of age.

Fluoride Varnish Resources

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