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