Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments reduce the decay of tooth enamel by the formation of fluorapatite and its incorporation into the dental enamel. Fluoride therapy repairs rather than prevents damage to the teeth. Brushing twice per day with a fluoride toothpaste should be sufficient for the majority of people to maintain their dental care. Dental clinics typically only offer fluoride treatment to children, and adults with serious tooth decay issues.

Sources of fluoride can include:

  • Water Fluoridation (available in some countries only).
  • Toothpastes.
  • Mouth Washes / Rinses.
  • Medical supplements, tablets, lozenges, or liquids.
  • Gels / Foams. These are applied using a dental tray that is held in your mouth for a few minutes.
  • Varnish. These are be painted onto the parts of the teeth that are most likely to get a cavity.
  • Slow-release devices. These devices are fixed to the surface of the tooth and slowly release fluoride.

In the case where fluoride treatments are recommend, regular treatments are required to maintain year round protection.

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