Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been found in studies to prevent and reduce dental decay. Many cities/towns fluoridate the drinking water as an initiative to reduce tooth decay in the population
One of the main mechanisms of fluoride is to prevent or delay the loss of minerals from teeth. The second method of action of fluoride is remineralization, which reverses the demineralization process that weakens the teeth.
Fluoride is recommended for both adults and children for prevention of dental decay. Fluoride varnish is typically done 2-4 times per year. It is generally recommended following each cleaning. Consult your dental provider for additional fluoride recommendations.
There are common misconceptions about fluoride and health concerns that arise from the use of fluoride. Fluoride applied at the dentist and in dental products like toothpaste and mouth rinses are delivered in very small doses that are not harmful, even when used all together. Community water fluoridation is also monitored and regulated by the government to prevent any adverse side effects.