The Benefits of Fluoride for Older Adults

Chances are you know about the benefits of fluoride, but did you know that fluoride is just as important for older adults as it is for other age groups?

Because seniors are at increased risk for tooth decay, regular fluoride treatments are recommended to help keep your teeth healthy.

As we age, our risk of tooth decay, especially along the gum line and on root surfaces, increases. There are multiple causes for this increased risk, but here are some of the most common:

On average, those who have lived in a community with fluoridated water have fewer decayed teeth than those living in non-fluoridated communities. Even if your water isn’t fluoridated, you can still benefit from daily use of a fluoridated toothpaste and from in-office fluoride treatments from a dentist.

Ask your dentist about these other fluoride treatment options:

  • Fluoride varnish
  • Applied fluorides – gel or foam
  • Daily fluoride prescription

Fluoride helps keep your teeth healthy, but it’s also important to make sure you continue brushing and flossing regularly, and that you visit the dental office for a professional cleaning and exam twice a year. Preventive oral care is the easiest way to avoid major problems down the road and keep you smiling bright.

About the Author

Wanda Cloet, RDH, MS
Program Director at Central Community College in Hastings, Nebraska

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