Adult Fluoride Treatments

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Fluoride Trays

Topical Fluoride Treatments in Point Richmond, California

No matter your age, fluoride helps prevent cavities, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.

Fluoride helps create healthy teeth, and it’s not just for kids—adults need fluoride too! Every day, acidic foods and drinks threaten to erode tooth enamel. Bacteria as well, can produce acid and dissolve enamel on a microscopic level. (A process known as Demineralization.) Fortunately, our body fights back by constantly rebuilding enamel with the help of minerals like calcium and fluoride.

Fluoride (or the element fluorine) occurs naturally in water, soil, air, and many foods. It strengthens the teeth, prevents plaque and caries, wards off gum disease, and protects tooth roots. Because it prevents and even reverses the early erosion of tooth enamel, fluoride is added to the public drinking water of many cities as a source of dietary, or “systemic” fluoride. It’s absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract and distributed throughout the body to bones and hard tissues like teeth.

Adult Fluoride Treatments at Robert Pearce & Associates

Fluoride can also be applied directly to the tooth with toothpaste, mouth rinses, or in-office treatments. (Known as “topical” fluoride.) We recommend adults use a fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily, and have regular dental checkups.

Are you one of the many adults who could benefit from additional fluoride? We’ll help determine that during your appointment. We may observe your condition over one or more checkups, or immediately recommend a topical fluoride treatment. We place fluoride gel into a tray, then simply cover the teeth for about 4 minutes. Additionally, for patients with a high risk of dental caries, we may prescribe a gel for daily home use, to be applied with or without a mouth tray for up to six weeks.

You Might Need Extra Fluoride If:

  • You experience chronic Dry Mouth (Xerostomia). Lack of proper saliva flow causes an increased risk for cavities
  • You have Periodontal disease. Receding gums often leave tooth roots exposed to decay
  • You experience more cavities than normal
  • You have dental crowns, bridges, or other restorations which may be more prone to decay.

For dental checkups, cleanings, and fluoride treatments in Point Richmond, California, contact us today at (510) 233-4470.

About the Author:

Born in Allentown Pennsylvania, into a family of musicians, Rob Pearce grew up studying violin, percussion, jazz arranging and composition. After two years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he transfer to the pre-dental program at the University of Miami and later moved to San Francisco where he earned his Doctorate in Dentistry (DDS) from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 1990. For the past twenty eight years he has focused his efforts on mastering the art of high quality, long lasting “metal free dentistry,” a concept that was relatively new at the time but over the years has gained powerful momentum. In 2014 Dr. Pearce became a member of the “Visiting Faculty” of Spear Education, arguably the most prestigious dental continuing education program in the world. As a Spear Open Wide Foundation Ambassador, Dr. Pearce and his team travel to Guatemala to provide metal free dentistry to those who would otherwise receive no dental treatment at all. Dr. Pearce and Annette Rig were honored, and lucky enough to treat the very first patient at the Foundation’s first clinic in 2012. Since then, with the outpouring of support from our member dentists and American equipment manufacturers, we now have six clinics and have treated over 200,000 patients in need! The foundation’s goals include helping improve the education of Guatemala dentists. In 2015, as a member of the Education Development Committee, Dr. Pearce presented an all day lecture and workshop for the faculty and students at the Galvez School of Dentistry in Guatemala City.