Fluoride Treatment Options
Fluoride is an important part of good oral hygiene and occurs naturally in many foods and water. It helps reinforce your teeth, making them more resistant to cavities.
Dentists apply fluoride to teeth in the form of gel, foam or varnish during office visits. The amount of fluoride an individual needs depends on their risk level for tooth decay. Many people are at a lowered risk for cavities, thanks in part to fluoridated water, toothpaste and better oral hygiene.
Talk to your dentist about your risk for cavities. They can help you determine the most appropriate treatment based on your oral health and history.
The Facts About Fluoride
The debate over fluoridating community water to prevent tooth decay has lasted about 70 years. Research and evidence show that community water fluoridation is safe and helps protect teeth without posing risks to an individual's health.
The American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to support community water fluoridation as a safe and cost-effective way to fight tooth decay and improve oral health.
- Fluoride reinforces teeth by strengthening tooth enamel and makes teeth more resistant to cavities.
- Fluoride is save when used and consumed properly.
- Decades of research and credible scientific studies provide substantial evidence that community water fluoridation is a safe and effective way to improve oral health.