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While regular brushing, flossing, and dentist visits are essential, incorporating fluoride can significantly boost tooth protection. This mineral combats cavities and tooth decay by forming a barrier against plaque.

Types of Fluoride:

  • Topical Fluoride: Directly applied to teeth, commonly found in toothpaste and mouthwashes.
  • Systemic Fluoride: Mostly used by dentists, it’s stronger than regular fluoride products. It’s primarily used for children’s dental procedures. Some high-concentration versions are available at pharmacies, but consult your dentist before purchasing.

Receiving Fluoride Treatments:

A dentist-administered fluoride treatment takes minutes. Post-treatment, it’s advised to avoid rinsing, eating, or drinking for about 30 minutes. The frequency of treatments can vary: every three, six, or 12 months, based on your oral health and dentist’s advice. Some may also get prescribed fluoride products for home use.

Choosing the Right Fluoride Product:

For at-home fluoride products, look for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal. This ensures the product’s safety and efficacy have been vetted by the ADA.