Fluoride…it’s not just for kids!

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Many adults wonder why we recommend fluoride for them. Here’s some good to know info…Fluoride remineralizes the tooth, making it stronger and more resistant to tooth decay. Foods that we eat (especially sugar) can cause a demineralization of tooth structure and eventually decay. Fluoride also acts as an anti-inflammatory, by decreasing bacteria which are responsible for gum inflammation.

In addition, as adults we take more medications. Many medications cause a dry mouth which increases the risk of decay. Gum recession exposes the root surface of the tooth which is not protected by enamel and is more susceptible to decay.

Many adults have crowns. Fluoride helps to strengthen the margins of the crowns which are on the root surface, thereby prolonging the life of the crown. Hypersensitivity can also be relieved by fluoride varnish treatments for as long as 6 months.

Lastly, poor manual dexterity in elderly adults makes oral hygiene much more difficult. Remineralization of the tooth is essential in this age group.

Fluoride varnish treatments can be given as often as every 3 months. It is a cost effective way to manage dental care, and avoid potential tooth loss. Please let us know if you have any questions at your next appointment. Call Sandra today at 727-822-8101. She will schedule you at your convenience.

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