Fluoride therapy is the delivery of fluoride to the teeth, topically or systemically, to protect them from dental caries (cavities).
Fluoride is a substance that strengthens tooth enamel.
It forms a protective layer around the tooth surface which reduces the occurrence of bacterial attack.
It is usually done up to the age of 6 – 13 years but can also be done for adults if required.
Most commonly, fluoride is applied topically to the teeth using gels and varnishes.
The gel is applied through the use of a mouth tray, which contains the product. The tray is held in the mouth by biting. Application generally takes about four minutes, and patients should not rinse, eat, smoke, or drink for at least 30 minutes after application.
Fluoride varnish has practical advantages over gels in ease of application, an inoffensive taste, and use of smaller amounts of fluoride than required for gel applications. Varnish is intended for the same group of patients as the gels and foams. The varnish is applied with a brush and sets within seconds.
Topical application of fluoride has shown better result than systemic fluoride application to a greater extent.
@ 32 Pearls Multispeciality Dental Clinic, we recommend Fluoride application to be done once in 6 months to once in a year depending upon the need.