Fluoride treatments are typically professional treatments containing a high concentration of fluoride that a dentist or hygienist will apply to a person’s teeth to improve health and reduce the risk of cavities. These in-office treatments may take the form of a solution, gel, foam, or varnish.
Fluoride has several benefits for the teeth:
It helps the body better use minerals, such as calcium and phosphate. The teeth reabsorb these minerals to repair weak tooth enamel.
It joins into the tooth structure when teeth are developing to strengthen the enamel of the teeth, making them less vulnerable to bacteria and cavities for life.
It slows or even reverses the development of cavities by harming bacteria that cause cavities.
When taken together, these benefits may help to:
reduce the risk of cavities
slow the growth of cavities
delay the need for expensive dental work
prolong the life of baby teeth
reduce the amount of time and money a person has to spend at the dentist
By preventing cavities and slowing the growth of bacteria, fluoride treatment may also:
prevent gum disease
reduce tooth pain
prevent the premature loss of teeth