Using Fluoride to Protect Your Teeth

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 — also helps keep your teeth healthy and strong?

Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay by coating your teeth and preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth's surface.

Receiving a fluoride treatment from your dentist

A fluoride treatment in your dentist's office takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, patients may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health or your doctor's recommendation, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months. Your doctor may also prescribe an at-home fluoride product such as a mouthwash, gel, or antibacterial rinse.

Hydroxyapatite Varnish

Our office now offers hydroxyapatite varnish as an alternative to our fluoride treatments. This treatment is also free of SLS, SLS derivatives, and is paraben free. HA varnish helps with the prevention and remineralization of dental caries, tooth sensitivity, and also contains prebiotics to support the oral microbiome. Ask your dental hygienist for more information about this new fluoride alternative to see if you're a candidate.