Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plague, bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It can reverse early tooth decay.
The daily use of fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinses are an important part of a successful oral home care program. Relying on these products alone, may not be enough. In children six years of age, fluoride becomes incorporated into the development of permanent teeth, making it difficult for acids to destroy the mineral layers on the teeth. Current evidence suggests that a professional fluoride treatment can be more beneficial in adults if you are at a moderate-to-high risk of developing cavities. Fluoride treatments may be recommended every three, six or twelve months. The professional fluoride treatment is a much stronger concentration than that used at home.