Do I Need a Fluoride Treatment if I am an Adult?

Fluoride treatments offer many benefits for children as well as adults, especially those at risk of developing tooth decay. When applied directly to your teeth, fluoride is effective in preventing cavities, reducing the need for dental treatments down the road. At High Street Dentistry, we believe in preventing dental disease rather than treating it after it develops. We are all about maintaining healthy, happy smiles!

How Does Fluoride Help?

Fluoride, a natural mineral found in some of the foods we eat and our water supply, can strengthen your tooth enamel, making it more resistant to acid attacks. It helps prevent harmful bacteria from building up around the gums and has been shown to reverse erosion or demineralization that has already occurred. Fluoride can also help reverse early tooth decay.

When Are Fluoride Treatments Necessary?

While adults can all benefit from fluoride treatments, certain conditions make the procedure a necessary component of your preventative dental care. We recommend regular fluoride treatments for patients who do not get sufficient fluoride in their diets and for those with poor oral hygiene practices.

Fluoride treatments are especially important for patients with an elevated risk of tooth decay, including those with gum disease, dry mouth (xerostomia), and a history of recurrent cavities. Patients with crowns, bridges, or braces should also consider regular fluoride treatments, as should smokers and chemotherapy or radiotherapy patients. Fluoride strengthens your tooth enamel and reduces the likelihood of developing future tooth decay.

What Should You Expect?

Fluoride treatments are quick and painless. Fluoride varnish is applied to teeth at each cleaning visit depending on risk for cavities. It is applied to teeth and left on the teeth for the remainder of the day.  You should not eat, drink, or smoke for at least 30 minutes following the treatment.

Quality Preventative Care Near Me

Visit High Street Dentistry in Jefferson City, MO, to learn more about fluoride medications and how they can protect your teeth. We are committed to offering quality preventative services designed to prevent dental disease from developing, allowing you to enjoy a healthy smile for years to come. Call us and schedule your appointment today!