What is fluoride?

  • Fluoride is a natural occurring mineral found in the earth's crust.

Benefits of fluoride

  • Children and adults often get cavities (dental caries), which can be unsightly, painful, and expensive to treat.
  • With the help of fluoride, the cavity process can be slowed or stopped and often reversed.
  • During the cavity process, the tooth enamel becomes weak (demineralization) due to the acids from cavity-causing bacteria.
  • Once exposed to fluoride, enamel gets strong again (remineralization) and fluoride prevents cavities from occurring and/or getting larger.

Sources of fluoride

  • Other Sources of Fluoride
    • Other important sources include dental products, such as toothpastes, mouthrinses, and office-based fluoride treatments (varnish, gel, or foam). 
    • Commercial foods and beverages, like soda (pop) and juices also can contain fluoride.