There is an assumption that only kids need Fluoride, when in actuality adults can see major benefits in regularly receiving Adult Fluoride treatments.
According to a study by the National Institutes of Health (Winn et al, 1996) 38.2% of adults over 55 have experienced at least one incident of root caries. Even as young as 45 years old, the study indicates the occurrence of root caries in almost 30% of all adults.
According the to ADA, “Fluoridation plays a protective role against dental decay throughout life, benefitting both children and adults. Fluoride can not only stop the decay process, but also make the enamel surface more resistance to future acid attacks.
An additional benefit for adults is the prevention of root decay. Adults with gumline recession are at risk for root decay because the root surface becomes exposed to decay-causing bacteria in the mouth. Studies have demonstrated that Fluoride is incorporated into the structure of the root surface, making it more resistant to decay.”
Now, you might be asking, then why haven’t you heard about adult fluoride until now?
It has nothing to do with NOT needing Adult Fluoride treatments, as the research is clear that Fluoride IS in fact beneficial for adults.
More often then not, patients refuse Fluoride treatment as it is typically not covered by standard dental insurance policies. However, we feel it is an integral part of your oral healthcare and should be considered even if out-of-pocket.