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How Does Fluoride Benefit Adults?

May 2, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — robertgraffeo @ 5:59 am
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You have probably heard the fluoride is important for kids when their teeth are still in the process of developing, but it’s also important when it comes to keeping adult teeth healthy. Fluoride is an important ingredient in dental products that benefits both children and adults. Kids often receive fluoride treatments when they go to the dental office for regular checkups, but how can they help you? Read on to learn more.

What Are the Types of Fluoride Treatments?

There are two types of fluoride treatments that you can choose – in-office and at-home. If you decide to go to the dental office, you can be administered the treatment easily and quickly. This involves the use of a special fluoride foam or gel that is painted onto the teeth or placed in a tray that is worn for a few minutes. This substance comes in a variety of flavors to help make the experience more pleasant.

Sometimes, patients are prescribed at-home fluoride treatments. These are generally gels that can be brushed onto the teeth, but they are only usually prescribed for those who are at higher risk of dental decay or have another need for it.

How Does Fluoride Benefit Adults?

While fluoride is great for children, it is also super important for adults when it comes to fighting decay. Fluoride is especially beneficial for adults who suffer from dry mouth, which is a side effect of many medications. Without having enough saliva in your mouth to remineralize teeth, your mouth could be in trouble.

How Do You Know If You Need Fluoride Treatment?

For most adults, brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste and drinking fluoridated water is good enough to keep your teeth healthy. However, there are some situations where fluoride treatment is especially beneficial. If you are taking any medications that cause dry mouth, you have periodontal disease, you have had cavities recently, or have dental crowns, fluoride is your friend!

How Can You Reduce Your Risk of Decay?

Here are a few tips to prevent the formation of dental cavities in the future:

  • Avoid snacking on high carb foods
  • Use fluoridated toothpastes and mouthwash
  • Brush twice and floss once daily
  • Chew sugarless gum

The use of fluoride helps to ensure that your teeth stay strong for as long as possible. By talking to your dentist about fluoride treatment and using the tips listed above, you can lower your risk for cavities going forward!

About the Author

Dr. Robert Graffeo is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for over 25 years. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the NYU College of Dentistry and has completed countless hours of continuing education courses and programs to keep his knowledge and skills sharp. To learn more about fluoride treatment or to schedule an appointment at his office in Hoboken, visit his website or call (201) 683-3531.

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