Bruce C. McArthur, DDS
6565 West Jewell Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80232
Many people think fluoride is just for kids… that once their permanent teeth are in, fluoride has no further benefits. Well, let’s play MythBusters here and debunk this misunderstanding!
Here is an easy way to think of some of the benefits fluoride can provide for all teeth, whether they are attached to adults or children:
Cavity reduction. This is probably the best known benefit of fluoride treatments.
Antimicrobial action. A fancy way of saying interfering with microorganisms which do your teeth harm!
Reinforcing enamel. By Remineralization of tooth structure, making it more resistant to decay (see “C” above)
Desensitizing teeth. Stronger teeth can be less sensitive teeth.
Fluoride is brought to an ideal concentration in most city water systems. This systemic fluoride intake is valuable, especially for developing teeth. The American Dental Association recommends additional fluoride treatments be applied to the teeth of people in medium to higher risk categories for dental decay. This includes people who have had new cavities or decay around old fillings within the last three years. If a person has not had either of those problems, maybe fluoride treatments can help them avoid them!
So in short, we see the value in fluoride treatments for all teeth! So… we now offer to CARD all adults!