Fluoride is one of the best ways to protect the teeth of children and adults. As nature’s cavity fighter, fluoride binds to the teeth forming a more resistant molecule against the acidity in the mouth that causes cavities and erosion.
Before teeth erupt through the gums, the adult teeth are forming into what will be present for the rest of your life. During this development, it is important to receive the proper amount of fluoride in your diet so that the teeth erupt strong and healthy. This is called fluoride’s systemic benefit.
After teeth have erupted, they continually become stronger through the application of fluoride. The presence of fluoride on the teeth provides what is called its topical benefit, forming a stronger version of your teeth’s original structure. Topical application is particularly beneficial in the first few years after a tooth’s eruption, making it strong and resistant to an acidic environment.
Fluoride is present in most city water, toothpaste and mouth rinses. Talk with our doctors about the fluoride in your water at home and specific instructions for young children. Our doctors may recommend professional fluoride application, fluoride supplements or prescription toothpastes if they will be beneficial for you.