Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral – the 13th most common element in the earth. It has been used in the prevention of dental decay for over 60 years. Fluoride makes the outer surface of the teeth (enamel) resistant to decay.
Bacteria in the mouth feed on what we eat and produce acids resulting in mineral loss and weakening of the tooth enamel. Fluoride replaces the lost minerals, repairing the enamel and strengthening the teeth. We recommend the use of a fluoride toothpaste and encouraging your children to drink plenty of tap water (which, in Brisbane, contains fluoride).