Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that hardens and protects teeth by building up tooth enamel and stopping bacteria from producing the acid that causes decay. Fluoride reduces tooth sensitivity, helps prevent tooth decay and can even help your teeth rebuild areas of decay. Fluoride is found in small amounts in the water we drink and many municipalities supplement their tap water with fluoride. Along with this fluoride tablets can be purchased to further supply your body with fluoride.
Fluoride can also strengthen the teeth through topical treatments. Most toothpastes contain fluoride and your dentist can perform fluoride treatments at their office if they deem it necessary. These treatments should always be provided by your dentist as the over ingestion of fluoride can cause a few complications. The primary complication is that spots can begin to form on the teeth. Parents should pay extra attention to fluoride levels in younger children who have not had their adult teeth come in yet as white spots can form on them under the surface of the gums.