Fluoride helps prevent decay by increasing a tooth's resistance to acid attacks from bacteria and sugars. It can also reverse early decay and advances remineralization of tooth structure. But do adults need it?
The answer is "yes!"
Even though your teeth have stopped developing, fluoride treatments ensure that your tooth enamel remains strong and solid by retaining important minerals in it. It is the most preventative treatment that a dentist can give you. Fluoride helps with tooth erosion, acid reflux, gum recession, and more!
There are many situations that put adults at a higher risk of tooth decay such as gum disease, sensitive teeth, dry mouth, a history or frequent cavities, adult orthodontics, recession, and restorative treatments.
However, there are many more factors that can increase a person's risk of tooth decay development:
- Poor Oral Hygiene
- Eating Disorders / poor diet
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Lack of regular professional dental care
- Existing restorations (fillings)
The fluoride used in dental offices has a much stronger concentration than that in toothpaste or mouth rinse. Plus, they generally take a couple minutes.
However, there are actions you can take at home, too. It is important that you brush your teeth at least twice every day. Further, make sure that the products you buy have the American Dental Association's Seal of Acceptance, which ensures that these products have been carefully examined by an ADA Council and have met the criteria for safety and effectiveness.
By taking these steps, you can use fluoride to increase your oral hygiene and increase your teeth's durability. Regular exposure to fluoride protects your teeth from decay and sensitivity, which in turn allows adults to keep them in a healthier, stronger state for a long time!
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