RestorationsIn 2008, 51.8% of patients with a high rate of dental decay were provided fluoride, and the percentage rose to 81% in 2012. After the four year period, 8.6% fewer patients needed two or more restorations, there was a 10.8% decrease in the average number of restorations, and 3.4% fewer patients required new restorations after the initial 12-month period.
The results indicated that restoration rates rose before fluoride was provided and the number of restorations fell consistently after the application of fluoride to more high risk patients. Therefore, adults, as well as children, can benefit from fluoride applications to protect their teeth from dental decay.
Source: JADA, 2014, vol. 145, no. 5, 443-451
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