Preventive Fluoride Therapy

Fluoride is a mineral that is found naturally in many things we eat or drink. It is nature’s way of helping to prevent cavities. Professional strength (in-office fluorides) and low strength (home fluorides) each play important roles in helping you to keep your teeth for a lifetime. Professional fluorides make teeth stronger and even heal weakened areas on your teeth, while home fluorides assist in this process. In the lifelong fight against cavities, both adults and children benefit from in-office treatment and from home fluorides.

Q: How does fluoride help my teeth?

A: Research shows that fluoride reduces cavities in both children and adults by halting tooth decay. It also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay becomes visible. Interestingly, many people continue to be misinformed about fluoride and fluoridation. Fluoride is a safe chemical component when used correctly. When your dentist applies fluoride to your teeth, usually in the form of a fluoride varnish, gel, or foam, that fluoride is more concentrated than the fluoride contained in toothpaste or mouthwash. The ADA recommends that dental professionals use any of the professional strength, fluoride varnish, gel or foam products carrying the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

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