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Who Does Fluoride Really Benefit?

One of the most important things we do as Dental Hygienists in our office is one-on-one patient education at recare appointments.  One of the most frequently asked questions that we answer is “Why should I do a fluoride treatment since I am an adult?  Don’t they only help children?”  The answer is simple.  It is one of the easiest, most cost efficient ways to help reduce future cavities.  In this day and age, our teeth are exposed to so many acidic foods and beverages, that it is important to help them stay strong.  Let’s face it, we all have good intentions about our home care (brushing and flossing), but it is really hard to be perfect.  Office fluoride varnishes that we use in our office strengthens and remineralizes the tooth by 76%!  That is for adults as well as children.  As an added bonus, they can help decrease sensitivity.  It is a win-win answer! 

– from Susan B. (Dental Hygienist)

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