Posted April 5, 2014

At any age, fluoride treatments during regular professional cleanings make sense. We are all susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. As you get older, your teeth and gums have come into contact many times with plaque, bite pressure and acid-causing bacteria. You don’t want your enamel to erode because it will allow bacteria to wreak havoc in the inner tooth, near the pulp (nerve).

Factors that increase your risk of cavities

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.

Particularly susceptible to cavities are root surfaces because they lose mineral faster than enamel. With this in mind, higher concentrations of fluoride provided by topical treatments may be needed for adequate protection.

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Could you benefit from additional fluoride? At Agape Dentist, your Woburn dentist will make suggestions to help you maintain good oral health.

What does fluoride do?

Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to acids produced by bacteria and helps remineralize tooth surfaces that are under attack.

With proper at-home care and professional supervision, there is no reason why you can’t enjoy the comforts of good dental health well into later life. We take the time to be gentle and provide the best possible dental care in a friendly and comfortable environment. Please call your dentist in Woburn at (781) 935-2200 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.