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Fluoride is a mineral that helps fight tooth decay. It is found in public water supplies, toothpaste, and many other dental products. Often called “ nature’s cavity fighter ” fluoride helps repair the early stages of tooth decay - even before the decay can be seen. Research shows that fluoride helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making teeth more resistant to the acid that cause cavities. When you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, or use other fluoride dental products, you are preventing cavities and strengthening tooth enamel. If you are 18 and younger the dental hygienist will apply fluoride during your 6 month dental cleaning visit.
Dental caries (tooth decay) is caused by acid-producing bacteria that collect around the teeth and gums. The bacteria produce a sticky clear film called “ plaque ”. Without good daily oral hygiene and regular dental visits, teeth become more vulnerable to cavities. Brushing twice a day and cleaning between teeth with floss helps to remove plaque. Another key to good oral health is fluoride, a mineral that helps prevent caries and repairs teeth in the early stages of cavity formation.
Children and teens are at a moderate-to-high risk of developing cavities - a professional fluoride treatment can help. The fluoride preparation used in the dental office is a much stronger concentration than that in toothpastes or fluoride mouthrinses that may be available in a store. Professional fluoride treatments generally take just a few minutes. The fluoride is usually in the form of a solution. Typically, it is used as a rinse and held in the mouth for 1-2 minutes. After the treatment, the patient will be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride and help repair microscopic carious areas. Fluoride treatments and dental cleanings usually are recommended every six months.
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