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.
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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.