In our dental practice, it’s not unusual to see patients in their eighties and nineties retaining most of their teeth. These patients often have dry mouth syndrome and exposed roots surfaces due to gum recession. This combination often leads to extensive root decay. To combat this and to help our older patients maintain healthy mouths, we recommend that fluoride gel be applied by our hygienist during professional cleaning visits.
This treatment can help any adult patient with a dry mouth or decay prone roots prevent loss of tooth structure. The benefits from this fluoride application are fewer root cavities, less sensitive teeth and minimizing the need for root canal therapy.