Fluoride is a mineral that is added to toothpaste and treatments performed in the dental office to help aid in protecting the teeth from decay. Fluoride protects the teeth by strengthening the outer layer of the tooth, called tooth enamel, which aids in the prevention of tooth decay.
Fluoride can be ingested or used as a topical treatment. As a topical treatment, most toothpastes found at the store have a small amount of fluoride in them and are safe to use in the directed manner.
As a systemic treatment, fluoride can be found in foods and water sources and is occasionally prescribed by dentists to aid in strengthening developed teeth in adults and children, as well as developing teeth in children. Systemic Fluoride Treatment should be administered and monitored only by a licenced health professional, beyond what is found in food and community water supplies.
Fluoride treatments may be utilized by your dentist, depending on your particular situation. If you have questions about fluoride treatment, please contact us with any questions at 281-492-6064.