Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including the oceans. Research shows that fluoride can prevent cavities in children and adults by making teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause cavities. Fluoride also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay can be seen.
Teeth can be exposed to fluoride in two ways.
1) When fluoride is swallowed, it is called systemic fluoride. The most common source of systemic fluoride is fluoride in water. Optimal levels of fluoride to prevent decay can occur naturally in water. Some communities adjust the natural level of fluoride to optimal levels in a process called water fluoridation. It can also be prescribed by your dentist.
2) When fluoride is directly applied to the surface of your teeth, it is called topical fluoride. Fluoride tooth paste and mouth rinses sold in stores contain topical fluoride. Professionally applied topical fluoride treatments in the form of gels and varnishes are available from your dentist and is recommended. It is usually covered by the insurance.
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