Your tooth enamel is made from mineral crystal structures that give your teeth the strength to bite and chew food. The density of these mineral structures helps repel bacteria from forming cavities and they can also reduce sensitivity issues. At the same time, if you enjoy acidic foods and beverages on a regular basis, it can erode the density of your tooth enamel, leading to serious oral health complications.
Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps restore the microscopic minerals in a process is known as remineralization. This effectively helps prevent tooth decay and sensitivity.
Concentrated fluoride gel will be poured into a tray that is inserted in your mouth and held there for a few minutes. You should avoid eating or drinking for at least a half an hour to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.
If your enamel erosion issues are severe, your dentist, Dr. Espino, might also prescribe daily fluoride supplements. This usually comes in the form of a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthrinse that you apply to your teeth right before you go to sleep each night.
You might also want to try using a brand of toothpaste with added fluoride to increase your daily fluoride exposure.
If you are due for your next checkup and you’re concerned about the strength of your tooth enamel, you should call Republic Dental at 830-268-4447 to learn more about fluoride in Pleasanton, TX.