Dental caries (tooth decay ) is caused by the bacteria which produce acid around the teeth
and gums and forming the plaque. Without good oral hygiene and proper dental care your
teeth would become vulnerable to tooth decay. Fluoride is good for dental health as it can
prevent tooth decay and plaque formation. Fluoride is a mineral that helps in preventing the
tooth decay and can repair the teeth in the very early stages of the dental diseases. Fluoride
can be in two different forms which are topical and systemic.
Topical fluoride are applied directly to root canal. The most prominent example are fluoride
toothpastes and mouthrinses. The fluoride can also be found in the fluoride treatment in the
dental office. Systemic fluoride are those that are swallowed . Examples for the systemic
fluoride are fluoridated water and dietary fluoride supplements. The effective way to reduce
the dental caries is to mix the both topical fluoride and systemic fluoride.
Fluoride given by a dentist are usually stronger concentration than that in the toothpastes or
fluoride mouthrinses that are available in the pharmacy and stores. Usually the professional
treatment involving fluoride takes a few minutes. The fluoride may be in a form of gel, foam
or varnish. Typically it is applied to cotton swab or brush or it is used as a rinse or placed in
tray. Usually after the treatment dentist asked you to not to rinse, eat or drink for 30 minutes
as it would take time to settled down.
Fluoride treatment varies with your oral health status usually it would be recommended
every 3,six or twelve months. Fluoride is an efficient way to prevent cavities in the teeth but
dentist may also recommend other preventive measures also like sealant. These measures
can reduce the rate of tooth decay and can prevent the chances of the formation of plaque in