We believe that fluoride works well to strengthen children’s teeth. It also has been shown to help prevent decay in people of all ages. For this reason, the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Medical Association believe that topical fluoride is necessary for good oral health.
Consequently, you may be wondering if you need fluoride treatments. Most often, drinking water contains fluoride, so additional fluoride treatments are not necessary. However, if your water is not treated, you may need fluoride treatments. You may also want to get treated if you wear braces or are taking medications that cause dry mouth.
Fluoride treatments can be completed at your routine dental appointment. They are painless and quick, taking only a few minutes. Your dentist will apply gel, foam, or varnish on your teeth. Treatment works best if it is done one to four times a year.
In addition to getting regular fluoride treatments, The American Dental Association recommends drinking fluoridated water and using a toothpaste with fluoride.