Anti-cavity varnishes reimbursed for children from 1 year old

Anti-cavity varnishes reimbursed for children from 1 year old
Anti-cavity varnishes reimbursed for children from 1 year old

Dentists use them to protect certain teeth that are particularly at risk from cavities. Fluoride varnishes will be reimbursed for children from the age of 1, from January 2025, we learned this Friday from Health Insurance.

Until now, reimbursement was only possible from the age of 3 (up to the age of 24). This reimbursement for the application of fluoride varnish will be done as for classic dental care, with a distribution of 60% Health insurance, 40% supplementary health insurance.

“Cavity-Free Generation”

The July 4 amendment also extends to children from 1 year old the revaluation of care for 3-24 year olds decided last year as part of the “Generation without Cavities” program, so that this care is more attractive to dentists.

Dental examinations had increased from 30 to 40 euros for this age group, and conservative care (treatment of cavities, scaling) had been increased by 30%.

Early use of fluoride

Experts and health authorities are concerned about the increase in cavities in very young children, with some linking the phenomenon to the early consumption of sugary drinks. In 2010, the High Authority for Health (HAS) noted that, according to some studies, 20 to 30% of children aged 4 to 5 had at least one cavity.

“It seems that the perinatal period [jusqu’aux 3 ans] be conducive to caries prevention interventions, she said. And that the early use of fluoride as soon as teeth appear should be recommended.”

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