In the past, it has been generally accepted that fluoride be mainly used for children whose developing teeth were considered to be helped the most by fluoride treatments. But through the years, more research has been done and fluoride is being shown to help prevent tooth decay in people of all ages. It is true that many types of toothpaste and some mouthwashes contain fluoride but studies have shown that an actual fluoride treatment at your dental visit can be beneficial to most adults. Many dental insurance plans are now covering adult fluoride treatments.
Fluoride, while not the only necessary dental hygiene practice, can work in conjunction with brushing, flossing and regular dental checkups, to help you maintain healthy teeth for a lifetime.