Adults have 4 major indications:
- Prevention of tooth-decay (new and recurrent)
- Re-mineralization of root surfaces and early decay
- Antimicrobial: Inhibits plaque formation, reduces gingivitis
- Armor coat Dentinal Tubules
Children have 2 major indications:
- Prevention of tooth-decay
- Re-mineralization of Decalcified Areas
DENTAL HEALTH STATISTICS:
(National Institute of Health)
- 84% of 17 year olds have tooth decay
- Decayed and Filled Tooth Surfaces triple from 18-49 years of age
- Adults have average of 23 Decayed, Missing and Filled Surfaces
- 1 in 4 Adults have sensitivity
- 90% + have gingivitis in their lifetime
WHY IN-OFFICE FLUORIDE?
The concentration of in-office fluoride is 9000 ppm or greater – more than 25 time the ppm of what a patient can use at home. Following hygiene procedure the pores in the enamel are totally open and allow the fluoride to penetrate deeper and stay longer in the tooth structure providing the patient with the maximum benefit.
For Example: Did you know?
1. Polishing removes 10-12 microns of tooth surface: the fluoride rich layer. It takes several weeks to naturally achieve 35% reduction in enamel solubility after a prophy. With the office treatment there is a 90% improvement in solubility reduction instantly.
2. Scaling and root planning opens dentinal tubules and causes hypersensitivity. Fluoride is a proven desensitizing agent.
WHY DO PATIENTS NEED IN OFFICE FLUORIDE AND SOMETIMES A TAKE HOME PRODUCT?
The in-office fluoride gives the patient the maximum benefit at a time when the teeth are totally prepared to uptake the maximum amount of fluoride. The take home product simply replenishes the needed fluoride on a daily basis. Fluoride is depleted almost daily with, coffee, tea, soft drinks, toothbrushing, and many acidic products.
Adults need in-office (loading dose) and sometimes a take home fluoride (maintenance dose) because:
Bleeding and Inflammation Control
Exposed Root Surfaces
Maintenance of esthetic restorations