Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that works to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. The use of a fluoride-containing toothpaste is recommended for both children and adults. However, the use of a fluoride-containing toothpaste or mouthwash by children below the age of 6 should be closely monitored by an adult.
Professional application of topical fluoride is often done by dentists and dental hygienists. These topical fluorides can either be applied in mouth trays or directly onto the teeth, or they can be in gel form.
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