Caries of the deciduous teeth - so children are spared in the long term

Prevent tooth decay with the help of fluoride varnish

Caries has been declining in adults and adolescents for years. In contrast, not much has happened in children under three years of age. Around 14 percent of children in Germany suffer from tooth decay before their third birthday. Milk teeth need special attention because they are much more susceptible to tooth decay. A special Fluriodlack should now save the children painful toothache.

The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) recently published a report on the effectiveness of Fluridlack for caries control. Accordingly, flurid varnish was effective in milk teeth for remineralizing the tooth surface and against the development and progression of caries. According to the IQWiG, the use of fast-curing fluoride varnish contributes sustainably to oral hygiene in young children.

Milk teeth are particularly prone to tooth decay

"Tooth decay is caused by bacteria on the plaque, sugary foods and poor oral hygiene," the IQWiG researchers explain in a press release on the report. Children are particularly susceptible to the brown stains on their teeth. The enamel of the first teeth is more sensitive and not as strong as that of permanent teeth. Even in the initial phase of permanent teeth, they are more susceptible to tooth decay.

Caries in the milk teeth also favors later tooth decay

According to IQWiG, there is a risk that permanent teeth will show damage from caries earlier if the milk teeth have already been affected. Oral hygiene and thus prevention of tooth decay can be a challenge, especially for small children.

Fluridlack analysis

To take a closer look at the effectiveness of Fluridlack, the IQWiG researchers analyzed the results of 15 randomized controlled trials in which around 5,000 children were treated with Fluoridlack. Data from around 4,700 children who did not receive fluride treatment served as a control group. The follow-up period in most studies was two to three years.

Fluridlack showed clear advantages

Children whose milk teeth were treated with the varnish showed significantly less caries than in the control group without fluoride varnish. The IQWiG reports that caries were completely prevented by the Flurid treatment in about every tenth child. In other children, at least the progression of the tooth decay was avoidable. It obviously did not matter whether the children already had caries at the time of the Flurid treatment or not.

Does Fluridlack help against other tooth problems?

Some studies also looked at the effects of Fluridlack on other tooth damage, such as tooth loss, dental abscesses or gingivitis (gingivitis). According to the IQWiG, the data on this showed no difference between the intervention and control groups. However, the data are not meaningful enough, so that no statement can be made about the advantages or disadvantages of fluoride varnish application in this area.

You shouldn't trust Fluridlack alone. Correct oral hygiene is the most effective way of preventing serious illnesses. (vb)

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