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Fluoride Applications

Fluoride is a mineral that:  

  • helps strengthen tooth enamel,
  • resists tooth decay, and
  • promotes remineralization of tooth areas affected by early decay.
  • We provide topical fluoride applications to reduce the chance of tooth decay.

Topical fluorides such as gels and varnishes are applied professionally, usually during the cleaning appointments. It is recommended in children and adolescents, patients with extensive dental restorations and patients with receded gums who are at high risk of root decay.

Patients who are at a much higher risk of dental decay may need home fluoride therapy, which is normally provided through our office.