Did you know that fluoride varnish isn't just for children? In fact, fluoride varnish can help people of all ages maintain a clean and healthy mouth.
What is Fluoride Varnish?
Fluoride varnish is a highly concentrated form of fluoride applied directly to the tooth structure, making it longer-lasting and more effective at preventing decay than fluoridated water or toothpaste. Since fluoride varnish is so effective at preventing tooth decay, it is used by many dental professionals to reduce the risk of decay that comes with certain common dental fixtures or conditions.
Are You Experiencing Dry Mouth?
A decrease in saliva can increase the risk of decay. Saliva forms a natural, antiseptic barrier that protects your teeth and gums from bacteria. For those who experience dry mouth, fluoride varnish can help to reduce the risk of decay.
Do You Have Crowns And/Or Bridges?
Dental crowns and bridges provide an ideal place for bacteria to grow, as the margins of these restorations can be hard to reach during normal brushing. Fluoride varnish can help to protect the margins of these restorations, and potentially eliminate decay around the margins.
Do You Have Exposed Root Surfaces?
Root surfaces are extremely susceptible to decay which can travel quickly to the root, making for a painful visit to our office. Fluoride varnish application can help make roots stronger and resistant to decay, allowing you avoid any unnecessary or painful oral surgery that may result from root decay.
As you can see, fluoride varnish can be used for a variety of conditions that affect people of all ages. If you're concerned about tooth or gum decay, ask us how fluoride varnish can help you.
Dr. Douglas Tucker, DMD. 169 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer, NY 12144. Ph: (518) 463-6153.