Fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral, helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making the outer surface of your teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause tooth decay. Dentists use fluoride treatments to strengthen enamel, which is the outer layer of your teeth. For help finding a local dental professional, search for a dentist near you.
In the United States, you can sometimes find fluoride in your local water supply and in many over-the-counter products, including:
- mouth rinses
Conditions That Could Benefit From Extra Fluoride
If you have certain conditions, you may be at increased risk of tooth decay and would benefit from additional fluoride treatment. These conditions include:
If you tend to get a lot of cavities, your dentist might suggest using a prescription mouth rinse with fluoride. These rinses usually have a higher concentration of fluoride than over-the-counter options. The best way to determine if you would benefit from additional fluoride is by making an appointment with your dentist. They can then examine your teeth, make an accurate diagnosis and give you their recommended treatment plan.
Visit Your Dentist for a Professional Application
If you have a history of frequent cavities, or any other condition with an increased risk of tooth decay, your dentist can apply fluoride directly to your teeth during your dental visit with a gel, foam or rinse. If you think you might benefit from additional fluoride, you should make an appointment with your dentist. To find a dental office near you, visit our locations page.