Wonder how fluoride for cavity prevention works? Read on!
By on March 21, 2014
Mechanical brushing of teeth dislodges bacteria and rinses them away, but doesn't do anything to address the ongoing damage to enamel from acid exposure. When more minerals are lost from teeth than are replaced, dental caries or cavities form. Fluoride helps by interacting with enamel to form a stronger compound that is less-susceptible to acid attack. Also, fluoride remineralizes damaged enamel (though it can't fix a cavity once one has formed).
You can receive fluoride treatment at your dentist's office or give yourself fluoride treatments at home. With dental-office fluoride treatments, your dentist or hygienist dries off your mouth and applies a paint, foam or varnish. Some dentists put a gel or foam into a mouthguard that you wear for a few minutes. You're asked not to eat or drink anything and to avoid smoking for 30 minutes afterward.
At-home fluoride treatments for adults, mostly gels, are also available by prescription, based on your particular needs, your risk of dental decay and the level of fluoride in your local water supply.
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