During your visit, you may be given fluoride treatment to strengthen and protect your teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that is very effective at preventing tooth decay. There are two main types of fluoride.
Topical fluoride strengthens erupted teeth by seeping into their outer surface, helping them resist decay. This fluoride can be found in dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses and gels. A professional application of fluoride is recommended twice a year for children.
The second type of fluoride is systemic fluoride, which strengthens both erupted teeth and teeth under the gums. Most systemic fluoride can be found in food and water, but is sometimes not enough to prevent decay. Professional fluoride treatments may be recommended by your dentist.