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Any tips for post care with fluoride varnish to not clog suction lines?

We try to avoid using suction because it seems inevitable that it will eventually clog the lines. Alternatives? Rinsing and spitting into the sink causes a build up of varnish in the sink. Awesome stuff! Just so sticky!



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I only apply a thin layer of varnish and most of my patients seem to be okay with not needing to spit. If they insist on spitting I have them spit into a cup and toss it like Kara suggests. I do not use the suction to prevent clogging it.

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The stickiness is great for efficacy but not for plumbing, that’s for sure! You shouldn’t be applying so much varnish that a patient needs to rinse, only a thin layer is needed. If they do need to spit, have the patient spit into a cup to avoid clogging suction lines and sink drains. Then simply throw the cup away.

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