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Do Adults Need To Get Fluoride Treatments?

Posted on 12/19/2022 by Evan
Do Adults Need To Get Fluoride Treatments?Preventive care involves many treatments and procedures including fluoride treatments. Dentists often prescribe a fluoride treatment to kids with a heightened risk of cavities. However, there is a misconception that these treatments are only suitable for children. You can rely on our dental practice for fluoride treatments even as an adult patient.

Importance of Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is an essential compound that can limit the development of cavities. Fluoride is present in water and may be acquired through a balanced diet.

Fluoride bonds with the tooth's surface better than elements like calcium. It strengthens the enamel to reduce the risk of fractures and mineral erosion from bacteria in your mouth. Decay-causing bacteria release acidic compounds that deteriorate the tooth.

Reports from the CDC indicate 20% of children between five and 11 have dental cavities. A fluoride treatment is prescribed for kids to minimize the risk of cavities.

Is Fluoride Treatment Necessary for Adults

Most insurance providers provide coverage for fluoride therapies up to age 14. However, the treatment can also benefit adults of any age with oral health concerns.

A fluoride treatment is recommended for people with risk factors, such as a dry mouth. Mouth dryness encourages the growth of decay-causing bacteria. Fluoride makes the enamel more resilient to deterioration, preventing further decay and gum irritation.

Dental checkups reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Our dentist may suggest a fluoride treatment if you've been ignoring your annual dental visit. It may also help strengthen the enamel to minimize tooth damage during recovery from procedures like braces and bridges.

What to Expect

The procedure starts with a professional tooth cleaning after the initial exam. Removing debris and plaque ensures optimal fluoride intake. Our dentist will apply a gel containing fluoride on the tooth's surface. The gel remains on your teeth for several minutes before your teeth are cleaned and polished.

The treatment is customized depending on age, oral health, and needs. Our dentistry professional can use a more concentrated solution for faster results. Contact our dental specialists to schedule a fluoride treatment consultation today.

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