Fluoride Treatments and Supplements
What Is Fluoride and Why Do We Need It?
Fluoride, a natural occurring element of the Earth, helps prevent tooth decay by helping to strengthen the enamel of our teeth.
Fluoride is available in small, often barely traceable amounts, in our water supply and in some foods, such as meat, fish, and eggs. In order to provide more beneficial levels, Fluoride is added to community water supplies in most areas. It is also added to toothpaste, rinses, and various professional dental products. For those individuals who do not have access to fluoridated water or need the benefit of additional supplementation, a prescription is available.
Fluoride helps to protect the enamel of our teeth from demineralization. Demineralization is a process that occurs when bacterial acids combine with sugars in your mouth. It breaks down tooth enamel and makes it more vulnerable to tooth decay.
Typically, Fluoride treatments are given to children due to the development of adult teeth with either a foam tray, a mouth rinse, or brushed on the teeth. In situations where a child has a history of dental decay, has poor brushing habits, or has a compromising illness; Dr. Roth may decide to prescribe additional Fluoride supplements to either be taken orally or applied topically at home before bed.