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01.02.2019

Lunos®-Tip - Hardening the tooth surface

Fluoridation as part of the prophylaxis treatment plays a major role in the protection against caries. In addition, it can also halt the progression of existing initial lesions.

Fluoridation should be integrated in the prophylaxis treatment especially on patients who are susceptible to caries. This group of high-risk patients includes pregnant women, patients with previous history of caries, patients with permanent, fixed orthodontic appliances or dentures, as well as older patients. Generally speaking, there are two different ways for fluoride to be applied: systemic fluoride application and local fluoride application. For professional treatments as part of dental prophylaxis, the main focus is on local fluoridation measures. These are applied after professional teeth cleaning or after individual prophylactic treatments, as well as on patients who are at high risk of caries. Therapists have access to different products for this purpose.

The choice of the correct product depends on the indication. For example, for general fluoridation measures after professional teeth cleaning it is recommended that an economical product on a gel basis is used. This makes it possible to work with relative drying and short application times. This type of product does not leave an annoying film on the teeth after application and causes no adverse aesthetic effects for the patient. By contrast, if there is a high risk of caries, initial lesions or hypersensitivity then a varnish-based product is recommended with a correspondingly high fluoride dose. Lunos Fluoride varnish is used e.g. to desensitise sensitive tooth surfaces and to protect the tooth against acid attacks. It is used for the treatment and protection of hypersensitive teeth and for the sealing of dentinal tubules during cavity preparations or sensitive root surfaces. It is easy to apply and very economical. In addition, it also bonds reliably to moist surfaces, which means that it can be a real option particularly for younger patients. During application, painful intensive drying of the surface can be avoided. 

Lunos Fluoride varnish contains 22,600 ppm sodium fluoride and can makes its way into the saliva after application if it wears off or is rubbed off. This means that small amounts can also be swallowed. To prevent any risk of overdosing, only small amounts should be applied to the teeth. Patients must avoid eating solid food, cleaning their teeth or using dental floss for a period of four hours after the treatment. Once applied, the fluoride varnish offers increased protection for several weeks. Lunos Fluoride gel is suitable for application after professional teeth cleaning or as part of individual prophylaxis. It contains 12,300 ppm sodium fluoride, supports remineralisation and inhibits plaque formation. With its extremely short application time and its pleasant taste, use of the fluoride gel is very comfortable for the patient. The gel can be applied with a small applicator or with the aid of a drug carrier.
Swallowing of the fluoride gel should be avoided. It is therefore only recommended for use on patients who have control over their swallowing reflex. Children under the age of six or patients with e.g. certain physical disabilities should therefore not be treated with Lunos Fluoride gel as part of the prophylaxis treatment.