What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps strengthen our teeth! Found in both food and water, fluoride helps make teeth more resistant to decay and cavities. When you ingest anything that contains fluoride, it’s deposited on your tooth enamel. On the other hand, it’s lost when foods containing sugars and acids eat away at the enamel. When fluoride loss outweighs fluoride gain, tooth decay occurs.

Fluoride Treatments

For those, especially children, who might be suffering from a fluoride deficit, a fluoride treatment can help build it up to safer, effective levels. Often this involves an application of a gel topically to the teeth. This treatment is fast, simple, and painless!


Who needs a fluoride treatment?
Your dentist may suggest that a dental fluoride treatment be included as part of your regular dental plan if you are at moderate to high risk for cavities. Similarly, if you have a history of restorative work, gum disease, sensitive teeth, or a variety of other conditions, you may be more susceptible to tooth decay, and regular fluoride treatments can play an essential role in maintaining a healthy, white smile.
Can you have a fluoride deficiency? Can you have a fluoride overdose?
If you do not get enough fluoride, you may suffer from fluoride deficiency, which may lead to increased cavities and weak bones. Though extremely rare, fluoride overdose can occur if you take more than the recommended amount. Symptoms of overdose include abdominal pain, headaches, and weakness. Call poison control immediately if you think you have overdosed.
Are at-home fluoride treatments effective?
Fluoridated toothpaste and mouth rinses can be used as at-home fluoride treatments. However, the fluoride concentration in these applications is much weaker and less effective than that found in in-office treatments.

As your dental experts, the staff at Sandwich Dental Associates is happy to answer any additional questions you might have about fluoride treatments. Call 508.888.4400 to learn more or to set up an appointment.