Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral and is found in many foods and in water.
Fluoride strengthens the enamel of your teeth, especially when they are forming during childhood years. Fluoride found in toothpastes and mouth rinses is not high enough to protect teeth. For this reason, fluoride treatment is especially important for children.
Fluoride comes in many forms: gel, foam, or varnish. Varnishes and gels are usually painted on, although gels can be applied in a mouth guard. Foam fluoride is applied in a mouth guard. Application is quick and painless and provides long-term strength and cavity-fighting protection.
Recent studies have shown, however, that adults can benefit also from fluoride treatments. Ask your doctor if fluoride treatment is right for you.