Fluoride (Systemic and Topical)

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps prevent tooth decay (cavities) by making the outer surface of your teeth more resistant to acids that cause tooth decay. Fluoride incorporated into your food, drinking water, and supplements have a systemic effect while your teeth develop before erupting. Fluorides in toothpaste or applied to your teeth at the dentist’s office are topical fluorides and will make your teeth more resistant to decay once they erupt.


What are the symptoms or indications?

  • Any person who has difficulties performing adequate oral hygiene, has a dry mouth, or has tooth decay (caries).
  • Children whose teeth are developing.
  • Geriatric patients with a history of tooth decay (cavities).


Where can I learn more?

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Contact Us

If you have questions about fluoride and how it can help prevent tooth decay, please schedule an appointment for a free screening exam at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine at (303) 724-6900.

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