Not all adults need to have fluoride treatments but there are several reasons to have them:

  • A greater percentage of the adult population is taking medications that cause their mouth to be dry. At this time, there are over 400 known medications that cause dry mouth syndrome. When the mouth is dry the incidence of decay increases due to the lack of saliva.
  • There tends to be more recession of the gum tissue present in the mouth of adults which exposes the roots of the teeth. These areas not covered by enamel are much softer, making them more susceptible to decay, and they can be very sensitive. Fluoride not only helps prevent decay but it also helps reduce teeth sensitivity, making these areas more comfortable.
  • If there is a high decay rate or if someone has a higher susceptibility to developing cavities, we will also recommend a fluoride treatment.