The ADA recommends fluoride for both children and adults. Fluoride acts as a desensitizer as well as an anti-cavity agent. It is easy to apply in seconds and relieves hypersensitivity. Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Every day, minerals are added to and lost from the enamel layer through two processes, demineralization and remineralization. Too much demineralization without enough remineralization to repair the enamel layer leads to tooth decay. Fluoride and calcium help speed remineralization.
Fluoride varnish is a highly concentrated form of fluoride, which is applied to the tooth’s surface as a topical fluoride therapy. It stays in contact with the tooth surface for several hours.
A few advantages of the varnish are that is dries rapidly and will set even in the presence of saliva. In addition, due to the small amounts used and the rapid setting time there is only a small or negligible amount of fluoride ingested.
Adults are susceptible to decay on the root surfaces. Regular cleanings and probes help to strengthen teeth and prevent decay. We offer fluoride varnish for all of our patients.