How does Fluoride help adults and children?

Are you sick of your dentist informing you of a new cavity each year? Would you like to have an added protection to that thousand dollar crown you recently purchased? Are your teeth extremely sensitive? If so, fluoride can help. According to the CDC, "For 65 years, community water fluoridation has been a safe and healthy way to effectively prevent tooth decay. CDC has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century." For years professional delivered fluoride has routinely been used in children to aid in tooth development and prevention of cavities. Though fluoride has its greatest advantages early on, adults too can benefit from the advantages of fluoride. For adults, fluoride can be used to reverse (remineralize) early cavities. With advances in x-ray technology we are now able to detect cavities in their infancy and treat them with fluoride with the hope of eliminating the need for a filling. The following is a list of adults who the ADA feel will benefit from professionally delivered fluoride.

Anyone who has had 1 or more cavities in the last year

Those with numerous crowns and fillings

Those with gum recession and root exposure

Anyone suffering from saliva reduction due to medications

Those suffering from tooth sensitivity

Over the counter fluoride products (toothpastes and mouth rinses) have the ability to prevent cavities while professional strength fluoride has the ability to repair or remineralize teeth. This professional strength fluoride is delivered by means of prescription toothpaste, mouth rinses, and fluoride varnish. The level of fluoride in these products are completely safe for adults when used as prescribed.