Fluoride is a natural substance which helps to protect against tooth decay. It is a natural substance and is generally found in food, water, plants and toothpaste. Fluoride not only helps prevent cavities and slows the growth of decay, but it can also reverse decay in its early stages. The enamel of a tooth remineralised with fluoride is stronger than the original tooth surface.
Although fluoridated water is easily accessible via the tap for the majority of Australian’s, some still do not have access to adequately fluoridated water. If this is the case, the dentist can advise you about other sources of fluoride, such as fluoride drops or supplements. The dentist will prescribe the required amount based upon the patient’s age, fluoride levels in the primary source of drinking water, and other dietary sources of fluoride.