Fluoride. It’s a word that feels almost synonymous with childhood dentistry. But do you actually know what it is or what it does? Fluoride is a mineral found naturally in many things including foods, the soil, and your teeth. It can also be produced and added to all kinds of things from toothpastes and mouthrinses to city water. Why is it such a staple of childhood dentistry and why is it added to dental products and water? As a mineral, Fluoride is one of your teeth’s best friends – it remineralizes and strengthens teeth against natural wear, tear, and erosion that comes from just living life! Even the acidity in healthy-seeming fruit juices can take a toll on your enamel, clenching and grinding or periodontal infections can cause gums to recede, and root-caries can develop. That’s why we recommend Fluoride, not only for children, but for adults as well. Fluoride bonds to tooth structure, strengthening and hardening your teeth, making them more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars. It also reverses early decay. We think adults deserve to be protected too!