What is fluoride?

Fluoride is mineral that has been proven to prevent tooth decay in both children and adults. While fluoride is already a part of the foods we eat and most water supplies, we often utilize additional fluoride treatment when you visit Carolyn Walker to guarantee the safety and health of your smile.

How is fluoride applied?

Generally, we offer fluoride in San Antonio, Texas, during your dental cleanings and exams as a topical treatment. This means that fluoride is directly applied to your teeth’s surfaces. Fluoride comes in many forms, such as:

  • Gels
  • Varnishes
  • Foams
  • Mouth rinses

We may also recommend certain products, such as toothpastes and mouthwashes, that are fluoride-enriched for your family to use at home.

How does fluoride work?

Fluoride works in one of two ways. For our younger patients whose tooth enamel is still growing, fluoride bonds with tooth molecules to make teeth much stronger as they develop. In adults, fluoride acts as a protective barrier, preventing decay-causing bacteria and food particles from lingering and getting stuck. Dr. Carolyn Walker and Dr. Clarian Lannom, our friendly dentists, love taking care of your smile and are committed to making sure it stays healthy for a lifetime. If it has been some time since you have come to the dentist, we welcome you to call our dental team today at 210-698-1010 and schedule an appointment. We look forward to sharing the many benefits of fluoride with you and your family.