Topical Fluoride Treatments in Capital District, NY
No matter your age, fluoride helps prevent cavities, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.
Fluoride is important for the health of teeth, and it’s not just for kids—adults need fluoride too! Every day, our tooth enamel is threatened by erosion from acidic foods and drinks, as well as from bacteria that produce acid themselves. On a microscopic level, these forces attempt to dissolve the outermost layer of enamel (a process known as Demineralization). Fortunately, our bodies fight back, constantly rebuilding enamel with the help of minerals like calcium and fluoride.
Fluoride (or the element fluorine) is often found naturally in water, soil, air, and many foods. It has been shown to prevent and even reverse the early erosion of tooth enamel. It strengthens the teeth, prevents plaque and caries, wards off gum disease, and protects tooth roots. Many cities add fluoride to public drinking water as a source of dietary, or “systemic” fluoride. The fluoride we ingest is absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract, and is distributed throughout the body, mostly in bones and hard tissues like teeth.
Adult Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride can also be applied directly to the tooth surface (known as “topical” fluoride) with things like toothpaste, mouth rinses, and in-office treatments. We recommend using a fluoridated toothpaste, as well as flossing daily and having regular dental checkups.
During an appointment, we can determine if you are one of the many adults who would benefit from additional fluoride. We may observe your condition over one or more checkups, or immediately recommend a topical fluoride treatment. The fluoride gel is placed in a tray, and covers the teeth for about 4 minutes. For patients with a high risk of dental caries, we may prescribe a gel for daily home use, to be applied with or without a mouth tray for up to six weeks.
You Might Need Extra Fluoride If:
- You have chronic Dry Mouth (Xerostomia). Lack of proper saliva flow causes an increased risk for cavities
- You have Periodontal disease. Receding gums often leave tooth roots exposed to decay
- You experience more cavities than normal
- You have dental crowns, bridges, or other restorations which may be more prone to decay.
For dental checkups, cleanings, and fluoride treatments, call Dr. Thomas Miller.