Varnish Application

  1. Use gauze to blot the teeth dry. Varnish does not adhere well if teeth are wet.
  2. Apply varnish to dried teeth, starting in posterior. Apply a thin layer to all tooth surfaces.
  3. Apply varnish to anterior teeth last. This is the ideal order that may need to be modified if the child is active and uncooperative to ensure the high-risk anterior teeth are not missed.
  4. Saliva contamination after application is expected and varnish sets on contact with saliva.
ICOHP and Joanna Douglass, BDS, DDS
ICOHP and Joanna Douglass, BDS, DDS