Fluoride is a mineral that is effective at helping to prevent tooth decay. It works in two ways:
- Systemic fluoride strengthens the part of our teeth that are visible as well as the part that is developing under the gums. Systemic fluoride is usually found in foods and in our water supply, but sometimes, it’s not enough to prevent tooth decary. Fortunately, it’s also available in other forms that can be prescribed by your dentist. Fluoride drops are often prescribed for infants, while tablets are prescribed for children through their teenage years.
Situations where your dental professional may prescribe fluoride treatments include:
- Poor oral hygiene habits
- Deep pits on the surfaces of your teeth
- Inadequate exposure to fluorides in your food and water
- Your root surfaces are exposed and feel sensitive
- Low saliva flow because of a medical condition or as a reaction to medication or medical treatment