Fluoride is a mineral that's naturally present in many foods and water. It has many benefits, but it is especially effective in strengthening teeth and preventing tooth decay.
If you have a history of cavities, chronic dry mouth, deep pits, fissures, or exposed root surfaces, or you have a child who's a patient at our office, we may recommend fluoride treatment.
Fluoride treatment is often given to children at their biannual dentist appointments to help their teeth grow strong and to protect their smiles from cavities.
Fluoride intake is most critical for infants and children between the ages of six months and 16 years because this is the period when "baby teeth" fall out and are replaced with permanent teeth. However, fluoride is also important in adults to prevent tooth decay and further strengthen teeth.
Many people have fluoride deficiency, which puts teeth at a greater risk for cavities. Fluoride treatment can help strengthen your teeth and help you combat cavities. You can also get fluoride naturally from tap water, mouth rinses, and by using toothpaste that contains fluoride.