Fluoride Varnish Program

The Fluoride Varnish Program is a free dental program to help prevent tooth decay (cavities) in young children under six years of age. Fluoride varnish helps strengthen teeth. If your child already has tooth decay, fluoride varnish helps stop or slow down the progress of tooth decay until your child is able to have treatment in a dental office or until their first teeth naturally fall out.

Your child should have Fluoride Varnish applied if:

  • You or your other children have had cavities in the past 12 months, or
  • Your child sleeps with a bottle with anything other than water in it, or
  • Your child's teeth are not cleaned daily with a fluoride toothpaste, or
  • Your child's teeth look like any of the teeth in the three photos below.

Address / Contact Info

Northern Health

Phone Numbers

Terrace : (250) 631-4233
Smithers : (250) 847-6400
Prince Rupert : (250) 622-6380

Service Details

Languages spoken: English


Web Links

Forms and Resources

Other Programs from This Organization

Audiology, Speech, and Language Services Hearing tests for infants; hearing assessments for older children; services for preschool children with speech/language delays, hearing impairments, cleft palate, and language-based learning delays.

This program was last updated on 14 Aug 2018.