Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been shown to both prevent tooth decay & even reverse it in the early stages. Fluoride acts by strengthening your enamel, which is the hard shiny outer layer of your teeth that protects the softer, more vulnerable dentin beneath. Fluoride can re-mineralize tiny micro-cavities before they have the chance to grow into larger cavities & cause problems.
At our office, we offer professional fluoride treatments for children, who are often at higher risk for cavities because they have not yet adopted great oral hygiene habits. In-office fluoride treatment involves the dentist applying varnish to your teeth using a gel, foam, or a rinse. Fluoride strengthens teeth by remineralizing the enamel, which is the hard, shiny outer layer of your teeth. We may also recommend fluoride treatments for adults who are a high risk of tooth decay.
And of course, we always recommend that you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.