There are numerous factors that lead to tooth decay, otherwise known as cavities, & there are many ways to prevent it. Tooth decay can be a significant problem for children as well as adults. Fluoride is a mineral that works on a microscopic level to prevent cavities & repair teeth by keeping them strong.
Many communities add a small amount of fluoride to their water in order to help the local population strengthen their teeth. Fluoride occurs naturally in many foods as well, including pickles, grape juice, spinach & tomatoes. Fluoride is also an ingredient in most toothpastes & some mouthwashes.
At our office, we offer professional fluoride treatments for children, who are often at higher risk for cavities because they have not yet adopted great oral hygiene habits. In-office fluoride treatment involves the dentist applying varnish to your teeth using a gel, foam, or a rinse. Fluoride strengthens teeth by remineralizing the enamel, which is the hard, shiny outer layer of your teeth.