Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in water and in some foods. Fluoride is sometimes referred to as nature’s cavity fighter, as this mineral can strengthen tooth enamel, thus helping to protect the teeth against cavity-causing acid attacks. Fluoride is especially helpful for children as it strengthens developing and growing teeth.
Because fluoride is beneficial to the teeth, this mineral has been added to many dental products and is utilized in dental offices.
Many toothpastes and mouthwashes contain fluoride to give your teeth an extra boost. If you are unsure about whether or not a toothpaste or mouthwash contains fluoride, look for the ADA seal of acceptance.
Dental fluoride treatments are applied directly to the teeth by a dental professional. In a dental office, fluoride is applied in gel, foam, or varnish form. Fluoride in this form is of a higher concentration than fluoride found in dental products.
If you or your child is at a high risk of tooth decay or if there is not sufficient fluoride in your water supply, Dr. Sindhu Gundabathula may recommend fluoride supplements, which are taken orally.
We invite you to contact Chalfont Dentistry at 215-660-3636 to learn more and to set up your next visit with our dentist and team in Chalfont, Pennsylvania.