Your teeth have an outer protective layer of enamel. Fluoride helps keep this enamel healthy and fights the bacteria that will harm the tooth. Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps build strong teeth and prevents cavities.
When your tooth has a sticky layer of plaque, it produces acids that erode the tooth thereby creating a cavity. If the tooth's enamel breaks down, this cavity can infect and harm even the nerves and blood at the core of the tooth.
A professional fluoride treatment, when applied correctly, will inhibit any tooth decay and improve the durability of the tooth's enamel layer. The treatment can be in the form of a highly concentrated rinse, foam, gel or varnish. At Roseroot Dental we primarily use the fluoride varnish application. This only takes a few minutes to apply and we ask our patients to avoid eating or drinking for the next 30 minutes. This is the time needed for the fluoride to fully be absorbed by the teeth.