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A Comfortable, Patient-Friendly Way to Deal With the Gray Areas

Dental Products ReportDental Products Report March 2024
Volume 58
Issue 3

This fluoride varnish from Kettenbach USA aims to eliminate the discomforts that sometimes come with other fluoride varnishes all while maintaining the efficacy that clinicians desire.

A Comfortable, Patient-Friendly Way to Deal With the Gray Areas. Image courtesy of Ankur Gupta, DDS.

A Comfortable, Patient-Friendly Way to Deal With the Gray Areas. Image courtesy of Ankur Gupta, DDS.

This profession is full of gray areas. In the mouth, and (literally) in the radiographs, we are asked to make a distinction between perfectly healthy, fully mineralized, intact enamel and cavitated enamel requiring restorative intervention.

While there are times where these distinctions are easy, we all must admit that there are several clinical occasions that we encounter daily where the surface of a tooth lies somewhere in the middle. Let’s take, for example, the following:

  • White spot lesions
  • A patient with a high-acid oral environment
  • A patient with a high-sugar diet
  • Stained margins around an old composite or crown
  • Radiographic graying of the enamel
  • Radiographic decayed enamel that doesn’t extend to the dentin

While there are several practical clinical strategies to handle situations like the ones above, perhaps none is more accepted and well researched than regular topical application of a fluoride varnish. Several randomized controlled trials have supported and maintained the idea that regular application of fluoride varnish is an incredibly cost-effective and successful strategy to prevent the incidence or progression of decay, especially in high-risk populations.

As a result, the vast majority of practicing clinical dentists and hygienists have made it a part of their regular clinical routine to at least offer fluoride varnish for all interested patients after their routine recall prophylaxis and maintenance appointments.

Twenty years ago, the fluoride application that was most common consisted of foam trays with a fluoride gel, intended to bathe the teeth in fluoride for approximately 5 minutes. Patients were told not to eat for several hours after the appointment due to the toxicity of fluoride when consumed. Most patients and practitioners found this to be a cumbersome and messy treatment modality.

Kettenbach's Profisil. Image credit: © Kettenbach USA

Kettenbach's Profisil. Image credit: © Kettenbach USA

Profisil Fluoride Varnish

Kettenbach USA’s new Profisil Fluoride Varnish is described as a new dimension of varnish gel that contains 5% sodium fluoride in a mucosa-friendly, pleasantly flavored dimethicone gel. This formula does not contain ethyl alcohol nor colophony (rosin), which means the potential of soft tissue irritation or rosin-based allergies is reduced, according to the company. The product features a number of benefits for both the clinician and the patient, and it is suitable for most ages because it is ethyl alcohol free. Benefits for the dental professional include the following: Each single-dose blister contains sufficient varnish to cover all affected teeth of both arches; the product can be applied in any direction to all affected tooth surfaces, migrating even to difficult-to-access areas; a prophylactic cleaning is not required prior to use; it is not necessary to dry teeth prior to application of the varnish gel; the product has a lubricious, nonclumping formula; and there no need to replace gummy brushes. Patients, meanwhile, appreciate the smooth mouthfeel and refreshing lubricating properties, according to the manufacturer.

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It was replaced in the past decade with the use of fluoride varnish, painted onto the teeth. This painted-on substance forms a sticky covering of the teeth and quickly hardens when exposed to saliva, which effectively delivers fluoride onto the enamel. Patients are allowed to eat immediately afterward, but in order to maintain effectiveness, it is required that they not brush off the material for several hours. This was thought to be a superior alternative for most practitioners. The biggest drawback was the sticky, waxy feeling that sadly made the teeth feel less “clean” even though they just had a professional cleaning completed.

Kettenbach, a leader in the dental industry in providing high-performing materials in the fields of impression taking, cementation, and temporization, has recently introduced a new product, Profisil, a 5% sodium fluoride delivered in a mucosa-friendly, pleasantly flavored dimethicone gel. In contrast to other topical fluoride options, this particular product is free of colophony (rosin). As a result, this varnish is said to eliminate that uncomfortable, sticky feeling on the teeth post cleaning.

Profisil was given to 15 members of the Catapult Education product review team, who were asked to use this new fluoride varnish in typical clinical scenarios and compare the patient experience with that of their original fluoride varnish. The results are below.

Almost all the Catapult reviewers used this product on 10 or more patients. Several indicated that they used the product on themselves and on their dental teams. As a result, many had the opportunity to test the product in a variety of clinical scenarios and oral environments.

Areas of evaluation and results are as follows:

  • Overall handling: 73% reported excellent, 13% very good.
  • Viscosity: 60% reported excellent, 20% very good.
  • Ease of application: 80% reported excellent, 6% very good.
  • Ability to apply to dry teeth: 73% reported excellent, 6% very good.
  • Ability to apply to moist teeth: 73% reported excellent, 6% very good.
  • Volume of material in the pack: 73% reported excellent, 13% very good.

The patient reaction to the varnish was 64% excellent and 21% very good, with 1 evaluator commenting, “perfect balance of taste and stickiness. Very well received by all.” Another commented, “Berry flavor is wonderful!”

None of the survey respondents reported adverse effects of the topical application.

When asked to compare the Profisil product with what these clinicians were already using, almost every evaluator reported that this material was either similar or superior, with most remarking that the material is simply more comfortable, is less sticky, and tastes better.

Of the survey respondents, 85% would recommend Profisil to a colleague and 70% intend to immediately incorporate this product into their practice.

I had the opportunity to try this product myself, using it on my team, my patients, my children, and myself. The positive response was consistent and overwhelming. The berry flavor truly was delightful, and there was a very noticeable decrease in the sticky feeling. I must agree with the majority of Catapult reviewers and am happy to see this product achieving the Catapult Vote of Confidence™.

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