Many of my adult patients ask whether they should have fluoride treatments. Remember, fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. Adults want to know if there are any specific benefits to adding the treatment to their regular dental exams.
Have you ever been outside on a very cold winter day and noticed that taking a breath of the cold air through your mouth makes your teeth hurt? Maybe you can’t sip a hot beverage or eat something cold without a sharp ache. If any of these situations apply, you probably have sensitive teeth.
Dentists who specialize in family dental care are often seen as the first level of defense against dental abnormalities and disease. Regular preventive dental checkups provide routine cleaning and detection of oral health problems, but the patient is always an active partner in maintaining dental health.