Fluoride can make enamel much stronger and resistant to cavities. Research indicates fluoride can help prevent cavities in children and adults in at least two ways:
Water fluoridation is a common practice in U.S. public water systems. However, bottled water, home treatment systems and private well water may not be fluoridated. The lack of fluoride for infants and children during the crucial formative years may contribute to tooth decay.
“Topical” applications such as toothpastes and mouth rinses can supply that fluoride. If you’re concerned about getting enough fluoride to protect your teeth, Sunshine Smiles Dental Care offers fluoride treatments in the office to make sure all teeth receive the benefits of fluoride. A fluoride varnish is used that supplies a higher concentration of fluoride than can be received from over the counter products.