Although fluoride is important for children under the age of 18, it is beneficial for adults as well. In fact, new research indicates that fluoride is just as important in fighting tooth decay as we age as it is in the strengthening and protection of newly developing teeth. That’s why, as a part of our commitment to preserving your smile, we include fluoride treatments into your treatment plan.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in both food and water. It aids in the prevention of tooth decay and cavities by making teeth resistant to the acids created by plaque and sugars. Fluoride is lost when the acids produced by plaque and sugars eat away at the enamel of a tooth. Fluoride is deposited back on the enamel when you eat foods and beverages that contain fluoride. Tooth decay occurs when the amount of fluoride lost outweighs what is being deposited.
Fluoride is most effective when applied topically. The in-office procedure is simple, painless, and fast and involves applying fluoride in the form of varnish, gel, or foam directly onto the teeth. This can be accomplished by wearing a mouthguard filled with the foam or gel or by having varnish painted directly onto your teeth.
Because of their simplicity and effectiveness, fluoride treatments may be included as part of your regular dental plan if you are at moderate to high risk for cavities. Similarly, if you have a history of restorative work, gum disease, sensitive teeth, or a variety of other conditions, you may be more susceptible to tooth decay, and regular fluoride treatments can play an essential role in maintaining a healthy, white smile.