Do Adults Need Fluoride Treatment?

Recommending Fluoride Treatment.

Many dentist and hygienist recommend fluoride treatments for their adults patients. And I know what you are thinking to yourself. “Do I really need a fluoride treatment I thought those were just for kids.” After all, most insurance plans cover fluoride treatments only up to the age 18. Studies have shown that topical fluoride applications performed by a dental professional creates a significant benefit for adults who have moderate to high risk for cavities.

The Many Benefits of Fluoride.

Many prescription medications reduce saliva flow or otherwise create dry mouth. A reduction in saliva increases cavity risk. As adults we often have restorative work such as crowns or bridges. Fluoride can help protect the margins of these restorations, ultimately protecting your investment. Fluoride treatments are a great way to prevent more cavities in patients who are already prone to them.

Patients who undergo radiation treatment for cancer also benefit from topical fluoride applications. Radiation damages saliva glands, thus greatly reducing the flow of saliva. Saliva acts as a buffer against the foods we eat and beverages we drink. Once again, less saliva greatly increases the risk of cavities.

 

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