A key to good oral health is fluoride, which is a mineral that helps prevent caries(decay) and can repair teeth in the very early, microscopic stages of the disease. If you or your child are at a moderate-to-high risk of developing caries(decay), a professional fluoride treatment in our office can help. The fluoride treatment in our office is a much stronger concentration than in toothpastes and mouth rinses that may be available over the counter. The fluoride may be in the form of a solution, gel, foam or varnish and applied with a brush or used in a tray that is held in the mouth for several minutes. Not eating or drinking for 30 minutes after fluoride can help the teeth absorb and repair as quickly as possible. Generally, children up to 18 years of age receive fluoride in the dental office every 6 months.