Fluoride Treatment

What is fluoride?

• Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay by making teeth stronger.
• Fluoride occurs naturally in many foods and water. 

How does fluoride work?

• Fluoride makes the structure of teeth stronger and more resistant to acids formed by sugary foods and carbohydrates.
• Fluoride has the ability to reverse decay and remineralize each tooth’s surface.

Where is it available?

• Fluoridated water
• Toothpaste
• Mouth rinses
• Dietary fluoride supplements

How long has community water fluoridation been around?

• It has been around for more than 50 years. Many municipalities across the country use fluoridated water systems.
• The use of fluoride has been credited for reducing tooth decay and improving the nation’s oral health.

What if my child isn’t getting enough fluoride? What can I do?

• Our practice can help determine the right treatment for your child.
• If your community water system is not fluoridated, your child may need to receive fluoride treatments available at our office. 

What are fluoride treatments?

• Fluoride treatments are available as a gel, foam, or varnish.
• We can apply the gel and varnish directly onto teeth.
• The foam is used with a mouth guard. The gel can also be applied in this manner. 
• These treatments have a much higher concentration of fluoride than what is found in toothpastes and mouth rinses. 
• Fluoride supplements, if necessary, can also be prescribed by our office. They are available in tablet and liquid forms.

Is fluoride safe?

• Yes, it is safe when used appropriately.
• For more than half a century, fluoride has been effective in fighting tooth decay. It is largely credited with improving the overall oral health of the nation.

I am an adult. Why do I need fluoride?

• Adults can benefit from a topical application of fluoride by decreasing tooth sensitivity, reducing cavities under crown margins, and reducing root decay.


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