Page 20FlourideWhat is fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay by making teeth stronger.

Fluoride occurs naturally in many foods and water.

How does fluoride work?

Fluoride makes the tooth structure stronger and more resistant to acids formed from sugary foods and carbohydrates.

Fluoride has the ability to reverse minor decay and re-mineralize the tooth’s surface.

Where is it available?

Fluoridated water


Mouth rinses

Dietary fluoride supplements

How long has community water fluoridation been around?

It has been around for more than 50 years. Many municipalities across the country use fluoridated water systems.

The use of fluoride has been credited for reducing tooth decay and improving the nation’s oral health.

What if my child isn’t getting enough fluoride? What can I do?

Our practice can help determine the right treatment for your child.

If your community water system is not fluoridated, your child may need to receive fluoride treatments available at our office.

The Greater Vancouver Area does NOT have a fluoridated water system.

What are fluoride treatments?

Fluoride treatments are available as a gel, foam or varnish.

We can apply the gel and varnish directly on teeth.

The foam is used with a mouth guard. The gel can also be applied in this manner.

These treatments have a much higher concentration of fluoride than found in toothpastes and mouth rinses.

Fluoride supplements, if necessary, can also be prescribed by our office. They are available in tablet and liquid forms.

Is fluoride safe?

Yes, it is safe when used appropriately.

The CDC has recognized water fluoridation as one of the 10 greatest public health achievements in the 20th century.