Most dental decay can be prevented with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily are essential. One more key to good oral health is fluoride, a mineral that helps prevent decay and can repair teeth in the very early stages.
Decay can be a problem for adults, as well as children. For instance, some people may have a dry mouth caused by medications or certain health conditions; this condition makes a person much more susceptible to tooth decay. If someone has had gum recession, this exposes the root surfaces of the teeth which are more prone to decay than the harder, enamel-covered crown portions of the teeth. Diets high in acid and/or sugar (soda has high amounts of both!), and poor oral hygiene habits can cause decay in both adults and children.
Fluoride applications are also very beneficial to adults in the treatment of hypersensitivity. A single application of fluoride varnish can provide relief from hypersensitivity for some patients for as long as six months.
Today, fluoride varnish is considered the most effective topical form of fluoride, as it reduces decay by 25 to 60 percent, for both adults and children. It is also the safest form of fluoride since less is ingested than in the case of foams or gels, or even toothpaste.
The varnish is painted on the tooth surface. It sets on contact with saliva and remains on the tooth surface for several hours. If a patient is at moderate risk for decay, a topical fluoride treatment is recommended twice a year. For someone at high risk, the treatment is recommended four times a year.
We ensure our patient’s dental health through the use of the latest technology in all facets of dentistry. We love what we do, and we’re devoted to making your experience with us as pleasant as possible! Each member of our staff plays an important part in your total dental care.
From appointment scheduling, explanations of treatment, budgeting, teeth cleaning, and helping new patients, we promise to be here for you. Schedule a fluoride application appointment in Vacaville, CA, and protect your teeth against decay. Call us at (707) 345-1137.