About Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in many foods, tap water, tooth pastes, and mouth washes. It is a key component in developing strong teeth and preventing tooth decay.
Over time, the enamel layer of your teeth can begin to deteriorate due to bacteria-producing acids in a process called demineralization. Fluoride helps re-mineralize, or helps provide new minerals, to the teeth to maintain strong enamel and prevent decay. Your doctor can apply professional fluoride treatments to provide protection from tooth decay. These treatments contain a much stronger concentration than what is available in stores.
The treatment typically involves your doctor placing a tray containing a fluoride solution in your mouth for a few minutes. Alternatively, the solution can be applied with a brush, cotton swab, or as a rinse.
The strength and type of treatment depends on the condition of your teeth and other factors. Your doctor will work with you to find a treatment that will strengthen your teeth and prevent tooth decay.