When is it advisable to apply fluoride at the dentist?
Updated: Aug 18
Fluoride is a very important part of preventative care for developing enamel. Until about 16yrs of age, the enamel structure continues to develop, and regular fluoride treatment will help mineralize and harden the developing enamel rods that will ultimately form their adult teeth. Children are also at higher risk for cavities due to primary (baby) teeth being softer, sugary diets, and less manual dexterity when it comes to brushing techniques.
For these reasons we recommend fluoride for all kids ages 16yrs and under. Our office uses a high quality fluoride varnish, which is proven to be the safest and most effective form of fluoride treatment. For those over the age of 16yrs, fluoride is prescribed as needed based on individual needs, depending on their caries risk factors such as diet, genetics, brushing habits and other contributing factors.
Toothpast with fluoride or fluoride free toothpast?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is added to toothpastes to strengthen weakened areas of enamel to prevent tooth decay (cavities). If you have any specific questions or concerns about fluoride, our hygienists would be happy to discuss this further with you. There are also effective alternatives to fluoride we can recommend based on your needs.