Fluoride is a natural mineral that builds strong teeth and prevents cavities. It’s been an essential oral health treatment for decades. Fluoride supports healthy tooth enamel and fights the bacteria that harm teeth and gums. Fluoride is especially helpful if you’re at high risk and susceptible to developing cavities. These treatments in office have much more fluoride than what’s in your water or toothpaste. They only take a few minutes to apply. You may be asked to avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after the treatment so the fluoride can fully absorb. It works by restoring minerals to tooth surfaces where bacteria may have eroded the enamel. It can also inhibit the growth of harmful oral bacteria and further prevent cavities.
Always let your doctor know your health history as there can be adverse affects if consumed improperly. Fluoride can leave white specks and/or staining on teeth. Children should be supervised when using fluoride. If you have questions about the benefits and/or risks, ask your provider for more information.