Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in water and some foods. Fluoride is sometimes referred to as nature’s cavity fighter, as this mineral can strengthen tooth enamel, thus helping to protect teeth against acid attacks that cause cavities. In addition, fluoride strengthens developing and growing teeth.
Because fluoride is good for the teeth, this mineral has been added to many dental products and is used 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. Fluoride treatments are 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 cavities or if you do not receive enough fluoride in your water, our dentists may recommend fluoride supplements, which are taken orally.
We invite you to contact New Hampshire Center for Comprehensive Dentistry at 603-672-6546 today to learn more and to schedule your next visit with our dentists in Amherst, New Hampshire.