Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that plays an important role in your overall oral health by protecting your tooth enamel. In Sevierville, Tennessee, fluoride is most often used for children to strengthen their teeth as they grow in. Known to fight and reverse tooth decay, plaque, and acids caused by bacteria, fluoride is provided during each of your dental cleanings and exams and as we deem necessary to ensure your smile stays bright.

Generally, fluoride can protect your smile in one of two ways. For our younger patients whose teeth are still growing, fluoride bonds with the natural tooth enamel to provide extra strength and durability. As an adult, fluoride treatments act as a protective barrier against bacteria caused by plaque and tartar. While fluoride is found naturally in water and many foods, and provided during dental cleanings, Dr. J. Steve Morton may suggest extra fluoride treatment to those patients who are prone to tooth decay. There are many ways fluoride can be delivered to your smile. Generally, fluoride is applied topically through:

  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwashes
  • Gels
  • Varnishes

Systemic fluoride is also available in drops or tablets that you mix in water or swallow. For more information about the many benefits of fluoride treatment, we invite you to contact our knowledgeable dentist today.