Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources. Research has shown that fluoride helps prevent cavities. During the past few decades, tooth decay has been dramatically reduced due to fluoride.
During childhood, when teeth are still forming, fluoride works by making tooth enamel more resistant to the acid that causes tooth decay. After teeth erupt, the benefits of fluoride continue. Fluoride helps repair and remineralize areas where the acid breakdown has already begun.
Topical fluoride may be found in toothpastes, mouth rinses and fluoride applied in the dental office. Systemic fluoride is ingested through fluoridated water or dietary supplements. The maximum reduction in tooth decay is achieved when fluoride is available both topically and systemically.
Dr. Garpetti and Dr. Elliott recommend fluoride treatments in the office every 6 months. Fluoride is applied in the form of a varnish placed by our hygienist. If you are unsure about the fluoride levels in your water supply, Dr. Garpetti and Dr. Elliott are available to answer any questions you may have.
To learn more about fluoride, call our office today!