The majority of drinking water in Australia already has fluoride added in, which has significantly improved the dental health of the populace. Fluoride is particularly important for teeth development in children since it helps fend off cavities and tooth decay. That's why fluoride treatments are often offered to kids with a number of cavities or are at high risk of developing cavities. But adults can benefit from fluoride treatments as well.
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Fluoride treatments make sense for adults with a moderate to high risk of developing tooth decay. If you get cavities frequently, this is you. Other risk factors include eating a sugary diet and taking medications that reduce the amount of saliva in your mouth. Your dentist can help you figure out if a fluoride treatment makes sense for your situation.
Fluoride treatments cost from $20 to $63 per visit, according to consumer group Choice. At-home fluoride treatments such as fluoride mouthwash may be recommended for use at home but you should still ask your dentist about how to use it. This is, of course, in addition to the fluoride toothpaste you're already using.