Fluoride treatment at the dentist is an important part of maintaining good oral health. The mineral fluoride is known for its ability to fight tooth decay and strengthen bones, and it is found naturally in most water sources. In the U. S., tap water contains fluoride, and most toothpaste manufacturers add it as an ingredient in their products.
Fluoride is especially beneficial for people who don't have regular access to a dentist. Studies have found that people with fluoridated water are 40 to 60 percent less likely to have tooth decay than before fluoride was added to toothpaste. In addition to water fluoridation, fluoride can also be added to oral care products, such as toothpaste and mouthwashes, and can be given as an in-office treatment in dental offices. Adults are sometimes more at risk of tooth decay than even children, so considering fluoride supplements may be one of the best and easiest decisions to prevent costly and painful dental problems.
Everyone should aim to have a fluoride treatment at least once a year in order to maintain good oral health.