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Stacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answeredBecause there are so many different types and combinations of fluoride, there are also many different ways to take it. You should follow the directions of your doctor and those printed on the medication container. When you first begin taking fluoride, you should not drive or operate machinery as you are often very drowsy after your first dose.
Fluoride, a mineral that heps prevent tooth decay, should be used daily. All adults should use a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride mouth rinses are also available over-the-counter, if needed.
If you think you are at high risk of tooth decay, ask your dentist about receiving fluoride treatments in the dental office. During a treatment, your dentist or dental hygienist will either paint your teeth with a gel or put a gel or foam into mouth guards, which you will wear for one to four minutes. You also can receive a gel or varnish on the roots of your teeth. You will be asked not to eat, drink, or smoke for 30 minutes after the treatment.
You also can give yourself a fluoride treatment, in the form of a prescription gel, every day at home. Your dentist can prescribe these treatments based on your particular needs and your risks for dental decay.
American Dental Association answered
Fluoride helps repair the early stages of tooth decay. When fluoride is applied directly to the surface of your teeth, it is called topical fluoride. Fluoride toothpastes and mouthrinses sold over-the-counter contail topical fluoride. When you shop for dental products, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance so you know that a product is safe and effective.