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Monday, April 4, 2016

A Quick Word About Adult Fluoride Treatment

We have had patients ask us why we do fluoride treatments on adults, since “adults don’t get cavities.” This of course is not an accurate statement. Adults are extremely prone to new decay, recurrent decay and root decay. New decay is when cavity occurs on an unfilled surface of your tooth and between the teeth if one doesn’t floss. Recurrent decay is decay under or around existing dental restorations such as fillings and crowns. This is prevalent in older adults after the gums have receded. The root is softer and decay can spread faster. It is a known fact that fluoride helps strengthen one’s teeth. Therefore we recommend an adult fluoride treatment at each cleaning to protect your teeth, smile and investment. The fluoride treatment is two staged. It is one minute fluoride treatment given with the use of trays by the dental hygienist or dental assistant. The second Stage is the home fluoride gel/rinse given to each patient to continue using at home prior to going to bed. The home fluoride gel/rinse is a prescription strength fluoridated toothpaste/rinse to help provide extra protection between your dental visits. As mentioned this is a prescription dose of fluoride and should be kept away from children as any medication should. The recommended regimen is as follows: • Brush in the AM with a fluoridated regular toothpaste. • Brush after lunch (if possible). • Brush and floss prior to bed then apply home fluoride gel or rinse. • Visit our office regularly for your recare appointment. If you require more information, please do not hesitate to ask any of our qualified clinical staff.


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