Patients, especially adults, often wonder if there is a real need for a fluoride treatment when you come in for a cleaning. We always tell our patients if you drink anything other than water, you should consider talking to us about a fluoride treatment that is right for you. This naturally occurring mineral can help protect and remineralize your naturally occurring enamel. If you are interested in at-home care, we can also prescribe a special fluoride toothpaste with neutral pH. We can also talk with you about the benefits of xylitol, which is a natural sweetener extracted from the birch tree that is not converted to decay-causing acids and can reduce the levels of bad bacteria. It is used in some sugarless gums such as Spry and toothpaste to help prevent decay.