Should Adult Patients Keep Up with Fluoride Treatments?

Woman in the dental chair getting a fluoride treatment.

Fluoride treatments are generally associated with kids, but should they be? Fluoride provides enamel-strengthening effects to the teeth, regardless of the age of the patient. Today, Bethea Family Dentistry will break down the benefits of fluoride treatments and help you decide whether they’re worth continuing as an adult.

What Are Fluoride Treatments?

During a fluoride treatment, Dr. Bethea or one of our team members will apply a concentrated fluoride rinse to your teeth. This professional formula has a higher concentration of fluoride than the water or mouthwash. It takes just a few minutes to apply, but you’ll need to avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes to allow your teeth to fully absorb the fluoride.

How Do Fluoride Treatments Work?

Fluoride treatments strengthen your tooth enamel by depositing necessary minerals on the surface of your teeth. This simple treatment not only fortifies your tooth enamel but can also fight back against harmful oral bacteria.

Do Adult Patients Need Fluoride Treatments?

The Mayo Clinic recommends that adults intake between 1.5 and 4 mg of fluoride each day. Many adults will receive the recommended amount of fluoride from the water supply and other sources. However, adults that are at a high risk of cavities may benefit from additional fluoride treatments. Adults with cancer or who take medications that reduce saliva production may also benefit from fluoride treatments. In addition to cavity prevention, fluoride treatments can reduce tooth sensitivity.

Are Fluoride Treatments Expensive?

While most dental insurance plans will cover fluoride treatments for children, they’re usually not covered above the age of 18. Nonetheless, fluoride treatments are an affordable preventive measure, especially when compared to the cost of cavity treatments. If you’re considering fluoride treatments, our Columbia, SC, financial team will work with you to determine how they can fit into your budget. To ask our team any other questions about fluoride treatments or to schedule an appointment, call our office today!

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