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A grassroots team of evaluators recently tested Profisil Fluoride Varnish with their patients. Here are the results.

Grassroots survey results: Profisil Fluoride Varnish from Kettenbach Dental

Nov. 29, 2023
A grassroots team of evaluators recently tested Profisil Fluoride Varnish with their patients. Here are the results.

Are you ready to discover the newest groundbreaking fluoride varnish on the market? Profisil Fluoride Varnish provides exactly what patients have been requesting: a varnish gel that leaves teeth feeling silky, with or without flavor, minus any irritation or burning.

Among the challenges dental hygienists encounter when recommending varnish treatment is a hurdle in patient acceptance. Patients often decline varnish due to unpleasant taste and the tacky sensation immediately following treatment.

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In my search for an alternative, I found Kettenbach Dental’s Profisil Varnish. Kettenbach has been one of the leading companies in the industry, manufacturing restorative and impression materials for more than 80 years. An RDH team of grassroots evaluators recently had the opportunity to present the new varnish to their patients, sharing the ease of application, smooth lubricious texture, and taste or lack of taste.

A revolutionary product

The innovative formula contains 5% sodium fluoride without any ethyl alcohol, eliminating any bitter taste or burning sensation. Its dimethicone formula is free of pine or tree nut by-products, reducing the risk of allergic reaction. Its transparent color enhances patient satisfaction. Clinical studies demonstrate that this unique formula can adhere to teeth for several hours and release fluoride ions for up to 24 hours. Profisil is shown to provide adhesion to dentin surfaces (3 to 6 months) and longer-term release of active substances. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) examinations reveal that Profisil effectively penetrates exposed dentin, sealing open pores and reducing dentinal hypersensitivity. Biocompatibility data confirms product safety, meeting the same standards as other FDA-cleared materials used in dentistry. All substances used in its production are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA, commonly employed in food and other approved medical products.

Evaluators’ experience

Profisil is packaged in a single-dose unit including a brush, which ensures convenient, hassle-free application. Evaluators were impressed with the lubricious formula that spreads easily whether dry or in the presence of saliva. The varnish easily migrated into difficult-to-access locations. They determined there is an ample amount of product to sufficiently cover all teeth of both arches. A variety of flavor options including mint, berry, and unflavored cater to every patient preference. Dental hygienists often encounter patients who refuse fluoride application due to flavor. Kettenbach has provided a solution to that problem by launching this unflavored varnish application that feels like one’s own saliva. Another benefit is that the application process and postoperative instructions remain the same, eliminating the need to learn a new technique. Finally, this varnish is cost effective, available for direct orders from Kettenbach, with same-day shipping if ordered by 2 pm Eastern time, eliminating the need for third-party intermediaries and associated costs.

Patient satisfaction

Patients were delighted by the flavors or absence of flavor. In addition, no patient had a burning sensation or left the office displeased with the taste lingering in their mouth. The patients who participated in the grassroots program emphasized their appreciation of the colorless, silky-smooth texture, precisely what they desire to maintain after their dental hygiene appointment. Most patients preferred Profisil Fluoride Varnish over fluoride varnishes they’d tried in the past.

Making the switch

The fluoride varnish market is crowded with choices. Unfortunately, many leave patients with an uncomfortable tacky sensation and an unpleasant aftertaste. Profisil is a revolutionary, transparent product that delivers an enjoyable taste. The silky gel leaves patients’ teeth feeling clean and smooth while steadily releasing fluoride ions for up to 24 hours to remineralize and protect teeth. For further information, visit Kettenbach Dental. 

Editor's note: This article appeared in the November/December 2023 print edition of RDHmagazine. Dental hygienists in North America are eligible for a complimentary print subscription. Sign up here. 

Maryam Shamuel, RDH, has worked in dentistry for 14 years and has been in clinical practice for the past 10. Her passion lies in disease prevention and in elevating patient care. Maryam educates patients on the oral-systemic connection enjoys mentoring fellow hygienists. She aspires to make a meaningful impact on the quality of patient care in a nonclinical role in the future. Contact Maryam at [email protected].