Fluoride is a naturally occurring element found in the earth's soil. Its dental benefits were discovered in naturally fluoridated water in Colorado in the 1920's. Our office offers a fluoride varnish treatment to all of our patients. Fluoride varnish is a topical application that is painted onto the teeth.
BENEFITS OF FLOURIDE:
Children get the best benefit of fluoride while their teeth are developing. Fluoride helps to mineralize the enamel, resulting in stronger teeth that are more resistant to decay.
Adults also get benefits from fluoride. Fluoride is effective in remineralizing (strengthening) areas of enamel that have been demineralized (weakened) by acids found in the bacteria of plaque and tartar. Adults that suffer from hot/cold sensitivity as a result of receeding gums can get relief with fluoride treatments. Fluoride can also help to prevent decay on exposed root surfaces.
Although many people do have fluoridated water they will still benefit greatly from the topical application of fluoride.