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Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and especially tap water. This mineral helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque and sugars in the mouth. It attracts other minerals and strengthens tooth enamel. Fluoride intake is most critical for infants and children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years because this is the time period when “baby teeth” begin to fall out and are replaced with secondary 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 getting cavities. You can get fluoride naturally from tap water and mouth rinses. Also be sure you’re using toothpaste that contains fluoride.

At your next checkup, we can determine whether your teeth would benefit from a fluoride supplement. If you find that your teeth could use a boost, we’ll recommend some simple solutions. In our office we have specialized fluoride mouth rinse that comes in many flavors. If you fluoride levels are extremely low, we may recommend a fluoride supplement.