Fluoride Treatment: Your Key to Lasting Oral Health


Have you ever wondered how fluoride can enhance your oral health? This trace element can work wonders for your oral wellness if administered within a normal and healthy dose. Used over 50 years, this mineral possesses several benefits that find application in modern preventive dentistry. 

Fluoride treatment by a Plymouth dentist and their team of dental specialists can tremendously enhance your oral health and overall physical well-being. Here is what you need to know about fluoride treatment. 

What is fluoride treatment? How is it helpful?

Fluoride treatment is a dental procedure where concentrated fluoride is applied to the teeth in the form of a gel, or varnish, or provided systemically through fluoridated water. The fluoride seeps into the deeper layers of the tooth structure and forms a protective coating that covers your teeth. 

Fluoride helps to:

  • Remineralize your tooth enamel
  • Reverse early tooth decay
  • Slow down the process of demineralization
  • Prevent the growth of cavity-causing bacteria 

How is fluoride administered? 

The mode of delivery of fluorides can be through any of the following:

  • Topical fluoride
  • Fluoride is delivered through toothpaste, mouth rinse, foam, varnish, and gels to prevent decay in the newly erupted teeth. The treatment is recommended for children at least twice a year during dental checkups.
  • Systemic fluoride 
  • This type of fluoride delivery can strengthen the erupted teeth as well as the ones that are still developing under the gums. 
  • This is directly ingested through regular community water supply or in the form of gels or tablets. 
  • However, care should be taken to discuss the dose with your dentist to prevent fluorosis (excess fluoride levels that cause white spots or stains on your teeth).

When is fluoride treatment recommended?

Fluoride treatment helps in the following conditions:

  • Deep pits and fissures on the occlusal surfaces of the teeth
  • Recent history of dental decay
  • Exposed and sensitive root surfaces
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake
  • Xerostomia, a condition caused by low saliva content leading to dry mouth 

How is a fluoride treatment beneficial?

Fluoride treatment is beneficial in the following ways: 

  • It can be used for both children and adults
  • Effectively prevents tooth decay
  • Significantly arrests existing caries
  • Is cost-effective 
  • Less-time consuming
  • Avoids the necessity for extensive and expensive dental work 
  • Prevents premature loss of teeth


Dentists can effectively channel the potential and strength of fluorides efficiently to reinforce the tooth enamel, significantly minimizing the risk of dental decay. However, do not ignore oral hygiene practices like regular brushing and flossing, having a nutritious diet, reducing sugary foods and drinks, and visiting your dentist regularly for long-lasting results, in addition to fluoride treatment. 

Schreiner Smith