Just as children require active attention to their oral health as their teeth develop and erupt, adults require active attention to their oral health to ensure that their teeth last for a lifetime. Every day, your body takes in fluoride and loses fluoride. Fluoride is a natural compound found in the element fluorine, and it is found in foods and treated water that you consume. As your teeth are attacked by oral bacteria each day, your teeth lose fluoride through demineralization. Those with a healthy diet and who take an active role in their oral health often find that they can “put fluoride back” into their teeth in order to keep their smile healthy. However, for those who lose fluoride faster than they take it in, they are vulnerable to tooth decay.
Fluoride has long been known for adding a barrier of protection to the enamel of the teeth in order to prevent cavities and decay. Fluoride treatments are quick, painless applications of a strong concentration of fluoride that defend the teeth against acid-producing bacteria. Fluoride treatments are regularly used on children’s teeth because they are “softer” and often more susceptible to developing caries. However, adults can benefit from fluoride treatments, too, for fighting tooth decay and strengthening the tooth enamel.
Certain conditions and parameters put adults at an increased risk of tooth decay:
- Main drinking water source is well water
- Poor diet
- Poor oral health
- Irregular dental visits
- Active orthodontic treatment
- Gum recession
- Dry mouth
- Eating disorder
- Acid reflux
- Alcohol or drug use (including tobacco use)
- The use of certain medications
- Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
Prime Dental Care encourages you to take an active role in your oral health and your child’s oral health. Fluoride treatments are an effective and easy way to protect the teeth against cavities and decay. We proudly offer this extra “layer” of protection that will benefit your teeth now and for the future. Contact our practice for an appointment and to learn more.
Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ, 08540