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Self-Applied

Self-applied topical fluoride is responsible for the significant drop in the level of cavities since 1960 is fluoride toothpaste. The American Dental Association recommends that children (over two years of age) and adults use fluoride toothpaste certified by the ADA Seal of Approval. Other sources of self-applied fluoride are mouth rinses, either prescribed by your dentist or an over-the-counter product. The ADA recommends the use of fluoride mouth rinses, but not for children under six years of age because they may swallow the rinse.

Professionally-Applied

Professionally applied fluorides come in the form of a gel, foam or rinse, and are applied by a dentist or hygienist during dental visits. These fluorides are more concentrated than the self-applied fluorides, and therefore are not required as frequently. The ADA recommends that dental professionals use any of the professional strength, tray-applied gels or foam products approved by the ADA. There are no ADA-accepted fluoride professional rinses for use in dental offices.

Systemic Fluorides

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Systemic fluorides such as community water fluoridation and dietary fluoride supplements are effective in reducing tooth decay. These fluorides provide topical as well as systemic protection because fluoride is present in the saliva.

Community Water Fluoridation

Fluoride is present naturally in all water sources. Community water fluoridation, has been in effect for over 50 years, and is the process of adjusting the fluoride content of fluoride-deficient water to the recommended level for optimal dental health. The recommended level is 0.7-1.2 parts of fluoride per million parts water. Water fluoridation has been proven to reduce decay in both children and adults. While water fluoridation is an extremely effective and inexpensive means of obtaining the fluoride necessary for optimal tooth decay prevention, not everyone lives in a community with a centralized, public or private water source that can be fluoridated. If you do not have community fluoridated water, consult your dentist for alternative sources.