When is Fluoride Critical For Adults?
Children under 6 years of age need fluoride as this mineral is essential in the development of their permanent teeth. Fluoride gets incorporated into the enamel while the teeth are being formed. Hence, parents and their dentist work together to ensure that children get enough fluoride in drinking water, toothpaste or mouth rinses. Erupted teeth become stronger and more resistant to bacterial plaque and sugars in the mouth. It can also reverse tooth decay, slowing demineralization as fluoride helps in remineralization.
Children are not the only ones who need fluoride; adults need it, too, for their erupted teeth. There are several ways that adults can get fluoride, as do children. Aside from those mentioned, adults can particularly avail of fluoridated gels, foams and varnishes. There are fluoride supplements available as liquids and tablets and must be prescribed by your dentist or family doctor. And there are fluoride treatments that can be availed at your dentist’s office.
There are instances, though, that adults need the mineral more under certain health states where incidence of tooth decay is higher. If you have dry mouth syndrome, where saliva production is low caused by certain medications (anti-allergy, antihistamine, antianxiety, and antihypertensive drugs) and if you are undergoing radiation therapy in the head and neck, you will need more fluoride. You’ll also need it if you have gingivitis or its more serious form, periodontitis and if you have a history of frequent cavities.
If you are having dental treatments, like crowns, bridges and braces, you will need additional fluoride treatments. These appliances can harbor food debris in hidden places that in turn can cause tooth decay. This is so because they are also difficult to clean with ordinary brushing and flossing.
Keep in mind that however safe and effective are the low-dose fluoride products for your home use are, too much application can amount to toxic levels. A condition called fluorosis is excessive fluoride intake. It can damage enamel making it weak and discolor easily. Ask your dentist about it.
Fluoride Advice and Treatments in Seattle
If you think you are at risk for higher caries incidence, consult with us at Smile Art in Downtown Seattle. Experience our fluoride treatments and know how you can effectively and safely use fluoride in its many forms. Remember that prevention is better than cure.