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Fluoride varnish vs. tray?

In my office, we mostly do fluoride varnish as the routine application method at children & adolescent appts. However, I remember learning in school that fluoride varnish is meant more for sensitivity relief vs. caries prevention. I know fluoride is fluoride either way but I was wondering if there are any articles or opinions that prove otherwise? I like to use varnish as it is much easier to use, but would like to make sure I am giving the best option out there.
(We have both trays & varnish but the trays are used rarely) Thanks so much!



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Fluoride varnish has been proven efficacious in decay prevention. In doing a Google search for, “fluoride varnish vs foam scholarly articles,” just a few studies supporting this and the fact that varnish is far more efficacious in general than foam are:
 
http://ebd.ada.org/~/media/EBD/Files/Topical_fluoride_for_caries_prevention_2013_update.ashx
 
https://www.astdd.org/docs/Sept2007FINALFlvarnishpaper.pdf
 
http://jocpd.org/doi/abs/10.17796/jcpd.30.2.04746702m229p556?code=clpd-site
 
If you do a Google search for, “fluoride varnish vs foam” many other articles come up written in hygiene magazines.
 
I hope this helps!

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