What are the benefits of a fluoride gel versus a rinse?
Traditionally, 1.23% APF (acidulated phosphate fluoride) gel is the most common in-office product used in the prevention of tooth decay, especially for children. Rinses are typically used as an alternative to when patients cannot tolerate gel or foam.
Are fluoride treatments effective after age 16?
Yes. Topical fluoride treatments are widely accepted for the lifetime of teeth. This continues to be an area of ongoing research. For adults, it is recommended to use neutral fluorides (gels and foams) because many adults have esthetic restorations that can discolour with APF formulas.
What is the pH level of an acidulated fluoride compared to a neutral?
Acidulated formulas have a pH around 3.5 versus 7 for neutral formulas. Neutral formulas are recommended and used mostly for adults because many have esthetic restorations that can discolour with APF formulas.
What should I consider when choosing a fluoride product?
Several factors affect patient acceptance, including preferred flavours, texture, ease of use and effectiveness.
At what age should children receive their first fluoride treatment?
Most children should receive their first fluoride treatment when they are around 6 years old. In high-risk situations, bi-annual treatment may begin at 3 years of age.