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After the Application of Fluoride Varnish at the Office

Post-Op Instructions for Fluoride Varnish Treatment

5% sodium fluoride varnish was applied to your teeth today. This treatment safely delivers fluoride as a protective coating to the tooth surfaces. To obtain the maximum benefit, please follow these recommendations:

  • Do not brush or floss for at least 4-6 hours.
  • If possible, wait until tomorrow morning to resume brushing and flossing.
  • Please do not eat or drink for 30 minutes after application and adhere to a soft food diet for the remainder of the day.
  • Avoid hot drinks and products containing alcohol, acidic and carbonated beverages and oral rinses for the rest of today.

You will be able to feel the varnish on your teeth. Once brushing or flossing is resumed, the varnish will be removed from the tooth surface over the next several days.

What Can I Eat After Fluoride Treatment Postop Instructions Making You Smile Cosmetic Dental Studio NYC

What Can I Eat After Fluoride Treatment?

It's a common question that we get asked at our New York dental clinic all the time, can you eat after fluoride, and if so what can you eat? Flouride treatment is designed to create a protective layer for your teeth and as such it requires some time to set and be absorbed properly by your teeth. As mentioned above, if you have had a fluorite treatment it is recommended that you avoid eating for at least half an hour after the treatment. This gives the fluoride a chance to adhere properly to your teeth. After 30 minutes you can resume eating and drinking however it is best for you to avoid foods that would scrap the fluoride off of the teeth or cause it to be washed away such as hot drinks or liquids that contain alcohol. When it comes to eating after a fluoride treatment dentists suggest sticking to a soft food diet for the rest of the day. This would include foods such as:

  • applesauce or other canned fruit
  • soft fruits without the skin ie. bananas, peaches, or melons
  • steamed or soft-cooked vegetables
  • scrambled eggs
  • soup
  • soft meats like chicken or fish
  • bread
  • pasta or other noodles
  • rice
  • soft cereal ie. cream of wheat
  • pancakes
  • peanut butter
  • yogurt or pudding
  • Or any other foods that aren't crunchy or hard


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