Overview

Fluoride is a form of the chemical element fluorine. It is used as medicine.

Fluoride is most commonly used to prevent cavities, and to treat tooth plaque, a mild form of gum disease (gingivitis), and weak and brittle bones (osteoporosis).

How does it work ?

Fluoride protects teeth from the bacteria in plaque. It also promotes new bone formation. This is different than most medicines used for weak bones (osteoporosis), which fight osteoporosis by keeping bone from being broken down.

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