Fluoride is beneficial for people of all ages starting at infancy. It is a leading preventative treatment in dentistry that helps to protect teeth and prevent tooth decay. How does it work exactly? Fluoride makes teeth harder and more resistant to decay. It is also good for people who have tooth sensitivity or gum recession as it can protect the roots of teeth from decay as well.
Fluoride can often be found in our drinking water or toothpaste but often in trace amounts and does not guarantee 100% protection against tooth decay. For this reason, it is highly recommended patients use an American Dental Association approved fluoride toothpaste when brushing, and they should receive fluoride treatments at the dentist to maximize protection against cavities.
Gone are the days of the foam trays with the souring tasting thick gel which made fluoride application cumbersome and uncomfortable. Today it can be applied using a foam, brushed on using a varnish or by prescription toothpaste. Regardless of the method of choice, it is an easy way to help prevent tooth decay.