GETTING THE FULL TREATMENT Fluoride treatments during regular professional cleanings make sense for adults because they still get cavities. This is especially true at the root surfaces and under crowns, which become exposed as adult gums recede. Particularly susceptible to cavities are root surfaces because they lose mineral faster than enamel does. With this in mind, higher concentrations of fluoride provided by topical treatments may be needed for adequate protection. It should also be noted that many adults take certain medications and have medical conditions that cause dry mouth, which is a condition that increases the risk of cavities in adults. Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to acids produced by bacteria and helps remineralize tooth surfaces that are under attack. Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Could you benefit from additional fluoride? At PLATTE VALLEY DENTAL CLINIC, we will make suggestions to help you maintain good oral health. With proper home care and professional supervision, there is no reason why a person canâ€™t enjoy the comforts of good dental health well into later life. Weâ€™re located at 3915 N. 4th Ave., where we take the time to be gentle and provide the best possible dental care in a friendly and comfortable environment. Please call 308.234.2828 to schedule an appointment. P.S. Getting too much fluoride can be as harmful as getting too little. The dentist assesses the need for fluoride on an individual basis.
Published on Aug 5, 2011