Many dentists and hygienists recommend fluoride treatments for their adult patients.There are several circumstances that warrant extra fluoride protection among adults.
Dental caries is a tooth decay condition caused by acid producing bacteria that thrive in the gums and around the teeth that has accumulated plaque and tartar. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth as well as reverses early decay.
Fluoride treatments are offered to children who have a number of cavities or are at high risk of developing cavities. Adults can benefit too. Fluoride treatment is a very simple process administered by the dentist or dental hygienist which helps to prevent tooth decay.
Fluoride treatment in the dental office generally takes a few minutes. Typically, the fluoride which is in the form of varnish, foam, gel or a solution is applied topically with a brush or a cotton swab. In addition, the fluoride can be placed in a tray which is then held for a few minutes by a mouth or can be used as a rinse.
- Children whose permanent teeth have not yet developed.
- Individuals with dry mouth.
- Those with a history of cavities.
- Those with poor dental hygiene.
- Individuals who have crowns or bridges.
- Individuals with braces.
- Frequent snackers.
- Bottled-water drinkers.