Your child brushes her teeth twice a day, flosses regularly, and visits the dentist every six months. But did you know that fluoride – a mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay – also helps keep her teeth healthy and strong?
Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay by coating teeth and preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth's surface.
Fluoride comes in two varieties, systemic and topical:
- Systemic fluoride is ingested, usually through a public water supply.
- Fluoride can also be applied topically to help prevent caries (cavities) on teeth present in the mouth. It is delivered through toothpaste, mouthwash, and professional fluoride applications. Professional application of topical fluoride varnish is a valuable tool in cavity prevention. The benefits from fluoride varnish application has been seen to last up to four months in studies.
Receiving a fluoride treatment from your dentist
A fluoride treatment takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, we ask that your child not rinse, eat, or drink for 10 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride.