What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral compound found in water and soil. It is also present in foods and beverages at varying concentrations. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the entire tooth surface more resistant to acid attacks from the bacteria that live in the plaque on your teeth. Fluoride also promotes remineralization (adding minerals such as calcium back in to your teeth), which aids in repairing early decay before a cavity (hole) forms in the tooth. There are two ways to increase fluoride protection: topical (Toothpaste, rinse and varnish) and systemic applications (tablets and water).
Always choose a toothpaste with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance, which is a designation given to products with the recommended concentration of fluoride.
Fluoride varnish is applied by a Dentist, Hygenist or other care professional. It is “painted” on teeth and helps prevent decay. It is a quick simple procedure often done after the patient has their teeth cleaned. Fluoride varnish can be done for both children and adults.
Here are some great informational videos about fluoride!