As an adult, how does fluoride benefits benefit my oral health?

As an adult, how does fluoride benefits benefit my oral health?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is used to help prevent tooth decay.  Tooth decay occurs when bacteria and sugars, present in the mouth, form acids that erode the tooth’s protective enamel.  Fluoride helps to re-mineralize the enamel by bonding materials to the weakened areas.  In-office fluoride treatments are inexpensive, easily applied, and very beneficial for adult patients.  The fluoride varnish is painted on the teeth after a professional cleaning to prevent cavities and reduce sensitivity.  Patients that benefit from this simple treatment include:  frequent snackers and sippers, patients with orthodontic appliances, crowns and bridges, a history of cavities, root exposure or a dry mouth.