I adapted this from an internal document crafted by our own Dr. Derek Conover, so this is a guest post of sorts. He reminds us of the efficacy of fluoride in preventing cavities--vitally important in our sugar-laden culture.
Flouride is one of the most important public health interventions of the 20th century. Simply put, fluoride strengthens teeth and makes them more resistant to decay.
Fluoride is the single most important tool we have to combat the most common dental disease: dental caries (tooth decay).
Factors that increase caries risk include but are not limited to:
-Frequent ingestion of refined sugars. This means in solid or liquid form. Sugar-containing beverages are extraordinarily common in our society. The Big Four are Coca Cola, Pepsi, Mountain Dew and Gatorade.
More on sugar frequency issues here:
-Poor oral hygiene.
-Irregular dental care.
-Active cavities in the previous 12 months.
-Extensive pre-existing dental restorations.
-Defective dental restorations.
-Active orthodontic treatment.
-Developmental or acquired enamel defects.
-Chemo or head & neck radiation therapy.
-Drug or alcohol abuse.
-Xerostomia (Dry Mouth). Dry mouth can result from medications, the aging process or other factors.
We use a fluoride varnish that is painted onto the teeth after a cleaning. The varnish sets in the presence of saliva and delivers fluoride directly onto the tooth for several hours. The beneficial enamel-strengthening effects last for months.
We have recently lowered our fee for this service to $35 in order to make fluoride treatments affordable for the most people possible. We'll be offering this important and beneficial service to our patients at their routine hygiene visits.