Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in water and soil. It helps prevent cavities by making the teeth more resistant to acid attack and therefore less likely to decay. It helps to prevent tooth decay by making the enamel more resistant to acids that cause cavities.
Fluoride also strengthens tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay and wear.
Fluoride is generally only added to water in areas where the natural level of fluoride is too low.
Topical fluoride is the delivery of fluoride to teeth through toothpaste, tooth gels, mouthwashes, foams, and varnishes.
Topical Fluoride is a treatment that is used to strengthen tooth enamel. It is also known as Fluoride Therapy and Fluoride Treatment. This treatment can be done by a dentist, a dental hygienist, or a dental assistant.
For more details about a topical fluoride, consult your nearest dentist.
Systemic fluoride is a fluoride compound that can be given by injection. Fluoride can also be given by mouth in the form of tablets, drops, or as a gel or varnish.
Systemic fluoride grafting is a procedure used to restore tooth enamel that has been damaged by erosion or dental cavities. During the procedure, a dentist will apply a special, tooth-colored resin material to the exposed dental enamel, which is then hardened with a light.
Although most people receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay and your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments because of the below reasons:
- Exposed and sensitive root surfaces.
- Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake.
- Inadequate exposure to fluorides.
- Fair to poor oral hygiene habits.
- Inadequate saliva flow due to medical conditions, medical treatments or medications.
- Recent history of dental decay.