You brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly, and visit the dentist every six months. But did you know that rinsing with fluoride — a mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay?
Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay by coating teeth and preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface.
Fluoride comes in two varieties:
- Systemic fluoride is ingested, usually through a public water supply. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, making it stronger and more resistant to cavities.
- Topically applied: Fluoride can be applied topically to help prevent caries (cavities) on teeth. It is delivered through toothpaste, mouthwash, and professional fluoride applications at the dental office.
When choosing an at-home fluoride product (such as toothpaste or mouthwash), always check for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of acceptance. Products marked with the ADA seal of approval have been carefully examined and approved by the ADA based on safety and effectiveness.