Decay Prevention by Fluoride Therapy

Fluoride in foods, fluoride supplements and fluoridated water can enter the bloodstream through the stomach, then absorbed into the body. In children, the fluoride then becomes available to the teeth that are developing in the jaw.

Topical fluoride products are applied directly onto the teeth. These products include toothpaste, mouth rinses and professionally applied fluoride treatments. Topical fluoride treatments are in the mouth for only a short time but fluoride levels in the mouth remain higher for several hours afterward. Fluoride found in the water and in food products also works this way because the water washes over the teeth and some fluoride remains in the saliva.

Fluoride treatments are given in a dental office of Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S.,Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers are applied as a gel, foam or varnish during a routine checkup appointment. The fluoride used for these treatments is at much higher strength than mouthwashes or toothpastes. Fluoride supplements are also available by prescription, and usually are reserved for children who live in areas with non-fluoridated community water. Children who need supplements receive them from ages 6 months to 16 years.