If you could look at your teeth at a microscopic level, you would find that your tooth enamel is composed of tightly packed mineral crystal structures. Every day, the acidic foods and drinks you consume, as well as the natural bacteria in your mouth, can actually erode the density of these mineral crystals.
If it is not effectively countered on a daily basis, this process of demineralization can actually weaken your tooth enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to tooth decay and sensitivity problems. Fortunately, exposing your teeth to the presence of fluoride helps to restore the microscopic minerals in a process is known as remineralization. This effectively helps to prevent sensitivity and tooth decay.
If you’ve had issues with sensitivity and cavities from insufficient fluoride, your Werschky, Lewis & Slatton Family Dentistry dentist might recommend having a routine fluoride treatment performed. In most cases, the fluoride treatment can be administered following your regular dental checkup.
Concentrated fluoride gel is poured into trays that are inserted in your mouth and held there for a few minutes. You should avoid eating or drinking to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.
Afterward, Werschky, Lewis & Slatton Family Dentistry also suggests using a brand of toothpaste with added fluoride to increase your daily fluoride exposure. You might want to also consider making some minor changes in your diet to reduce acid exposure in your mouth.
If you have questions about dental fluoride treatment, you should call Werschky, Lewis & Slatton Family Dentistry at (810) 671-5616 to schedule an appointment.