Adult FLUORIDE

The American Dental Association recommends the use of fluoride varnish for children and adults at moderate or high risk for dental decay. 

Risk indicators are:

  • history of tooth decay
  • extensive dental work (fillings, crowns, bridges)
  • inadequate previous or current exposure to fluoride
  • any physical or mental impairment that compromises the maintenance of optimal oral health
  • high and frequent sugar consumption
  • lower salivary flow, associated with certain medical conditions and therapies
  • gum recession leading to root exposure (decay prone area of the tooth), especially in elderly populations

HOW OFTEN DO YOU NEED A FLUORIDE TREATMENT?

Studies have shown that fluoride varnish has a residual effect for 26 weeks. Therefore, we recommend having a fluoride treatment coinciding with your 6 month continuing care hygiene visit. Using a high fluoride toothpaste such as Clinpro 5000 between in-office fluoride treatments is highly recommended