Fluoride is a naturally existing mineral found in water, tea, meat, eggs, fish, many other foods and widely throughout nature. Fluoride is often added to tap water supplies for drinking and to toothpastes for children and adults.

Along with dental sealants, dental fluoride treatment is one of the most effective and economical ways to prevent tooth decay and maintain excellent dental health in children. Fluoride treatments are both safe and effective in decreasing the prevalence of cavities in children, by 95% specifically, when combined with dental sealants. Making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks caused by sugars and plaque bacteria in the mouth. Fluoride acts as a shield for the outer enamel layer of the teeth and actually has the ability to reverse early dental decay in some cases.



Fluoride is beneficial for all children, because it helps shield young teeth from damaging acid and can actually reverse early signs of dental decay. The acid produced by bacteria, damages the hard protective outer layer of the tooth called enamel. On a daily basis, minerals are being lost and added to the enamel layer of the teeth through naturally occurring processes called demineralization and demineralization. Minerals are lost (demineralization) when acid attacks the enamel, and minerals like phosphates, calcium, and fluoride (which all strengthen the teeth) are added back (remineralization), when kids drink water or eat foods that contain these minerals. Cavities form and decay occurs when too much demineralization occurs without enough remineralization to restore enamel.

Dental office fluoride treatments are just one of the ways teeth absorb fluoride, along with fluoride toothpaste and rinses, and fluoride-containing water.

Only small amounts of fluoride are required for children to receive the maximal benefits. Professional dental fluoride treatments for children are applied to the teeth in a gel, foam, or varnish form. These treatments consist of highly increased levels of fluoride as compared to what is found in water and toothpastes.

We recommend periodic fluoride treatment every six months. In some instances, especially for children prone to dental decay, we may recommend more frequent treatments.

Fluoride treatment is recommended for the following reasons:
Deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth.
Exposed and sensitive root surfaces.
Fair to poor oral hygiene habits.
Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake.
Inadequate exposure to fluorides.
Inadequate saliva flow due to medical conditions, medical treatment
Recent history of dental decay.

Remember, fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay. It is important to brush at least twice a day, eat balanced meals, reduce sugary snacks, and visit dentist every six monthly.