Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen teeth enamel. It is naturally-occurring and can be found in various foods and water (most community water sources are now fluoridated).
Fluoride is an important factor in fighting tooth decay in individuals of all ages. As it is also a critical part of strengthening developing teeth, it is important that infants and children between the ages of 6 months to 16 years be exposed to fluoride. Additionally, people who may be at an increased risk for tooth decay may benefit from additional fluoride treatment.
In addition to being found in food and water, fluoride can be applied to the teeth via fluoridated toothpaste and mouth rinses. Topical fluoride can also be applied to the teeth as a gel, foam, or varnish in a dentist’s office. These forms have a much higher concentration of fluoride than toothpaste or mouthwashes.
Fluoride is also available as a supplement in liquid or tablet form. These must be prescribed by your dentist, pediatrician, or doctor.
Regular fluoride treatments from your dentist at Harmony Dental in addition to routine cleanings will ensure that your smile is protected from plaque and decay. For a preventive topical fluoride treatment, book an appointment with one of our Pearland or Pasadena locations today!
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