What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps prevent cavities by making teeth more resistant to acid, which causes cavities. It has been an essential tool used in dental health for decades. Tooth enamel is the outer protective layer surrounding each tooth, and fluoride helps by supporting healthy tooth enamel while also fighting harmful bacteria in the mouth.
How does it work?
A fluoride treatment can be used as a cautionary tool to support healthy mouths, especially if you are at high risk for cavities. Fluoride is commonly applied topically with highly concentrated gels, varnishes, or a rinse. They only take a few minutes to apply, and you may be asked to avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after so the fluoride can fully absorb. Both adults and children can benefit from fluoride treatments. Children exposed to fluoride early on will be less likely to develop cavities. Ask your dentist today about getting fluoride treatments for the whole family.