Fluoride has been shown effective in the prevention of tooth decay for more than 100 years. Up till now fluoride has been widely used.

Food and drinking water

Oral care products

Fluoride is added in most of our oral care products, such as toothpaste, mouthwash and dental floss. Researches have shown that daily toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste reduces the incidence of tooth decay by 20%. This has proved that fluoride toothpastes are very effective in preventing tooth decay.

Topical fluoride used by professionals

These topical fluoride agents are in very high concentration. The application of topical fluoride on the tooth surfaces can prevent tooth decay or reduce tooth sensitivity. The dental care personnel usually choose a type of topical fluoride which is appropriate for the patient's oral health condition.

Types of professionally used topical fluoride

Points to note after topical fluoride treatment

To allow topical fluoride to fully function, you should not brush your teeth or chew food for at least 4 hours after topical fluoride has been applied on to your teeth.

Last revision date: 18 January 2012