Fluoride Treatment


Fluoride is the most effective tool for tooth decay prevention available. It’s preventive fraction is 40% for smooth surfaces. It is a naturally present mineral in almost all food and water sources. Fluoride’s main mechanism is that it creates reservoirs of calcium near the tooth surface and also creates hydroxyfluoroapatite in the enamel, making the enamel stronger against acid attacks. When acid is present in the mouth calcium is released from the calcium reservoir to help remineralize the holes made by the acid. We apply topical fluoride with fluoride varnish. Fluoride varnish keeps calcium reservoirs going for about 90 days.


We do not recommend systemic fluoride supplements. Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day offers enough fluoride exposure. For patients who are very high risk for dental caries we may recommend additional fluoride treatments.

Patients who are high risk for cavities:

  • Previous history of cavities
  • Dry mouth, low salivary flow
  • Exposed root surfaces
  • Gastric Reflux
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Poor Diet, frequent snackers
  • Hypomineralized enamel