Crystal Lake, IL Dentist
77 E. Crystal Lake Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Find answers and other helpful dental topics in our digital library.



Posts for tag: Adult Fluoride

In certain cases, fluoride is a good idea, no matter patient's age. Fluoride is similar to calcium, except that it has an extra electron, and therefore is more willing to bond to tooth structure in the place calcium. Like calcium, fluoride is a substance that helps make the tooth strong.

Adults could benefit from fluoride treatments if they have or had:

  • 1 or more cavities in the last 3 years 
  • acquired or developmental enamel defects
  • many restorations (fillings)
  • undergoing Chemo or radiation therapy
  • an eating disorder
  • drug or alcohol abuse
  • active orthodontic treatment
  • exposed root surfaces (may cause hypersensitivity of teeth)
  • open margins around crowns
  • areas of tooth erosion
  • damaged areas of teeth with exposed dentin 
  • any physical or mental disability with the inability of performing proper oral health care.

Fluoride treatment can make your teeth stronger, more resistant to decay, and less sensitive to hot and cold.