What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is often used in dental treatments associated with children and the strengthening of their young, vulnerable teeth – but can be helpful for older kids and adults, too!  It’s a naturally-occurring mineral that can be found in both food and water that aids in the prevention of tooth decay. 

Fluoride Treatments
A fluoride treatment involves the application of fluoride topically to the teeth. It’s applied in the form of a varnish, gel, or foam and may be accompanied by a temporary mouthguard. 


Who needs a fluoride treatment?
Anyone may benefit from fluoride treatment if you are at high to moderate risk for cavities or have a history of restorative dental work.


Can you have a fluoride deficiency? Can you have a fluoride overdose?
Fluoride deficiency is when you don’t get enough fluoride, which may lead to increased cavities or risk for decay. Fluoride overdose is rare – but possible. Symptoms include abdominal pain, headaches and weakness. You may contact poison control if you believe you have overdosed on fluoride.


Are at-home fluoride treatments effective?
While fluoride treatments in-office are the most effective methods, you may find fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes which are decent for at-home use.