Fluoride is used for the treatment of dental caries. It is component of toothpaste, tablets, gels, mouthwashes. Fluoride reduces the loss of minerals from the teeth and protects them against bacteria that produce acid in the mouth.
Fluoride in preventing dental caries
Sodium fluoride in combination with calcium is used to treat osteoporosis because fluoride increases bone density. In addition, fluoride is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
When injuries and after surgery fluoride is used for faster healing of wounds due to its antibacterial activity. It is also used to treat bone pain, prevention of hearing loss in patients with otosclerosis.