Your teeth are made up of several different layers. The surface enamel layer of each tooth is composed of densely packed microscopic mineral crystals. Each day, acidic foods, drinks, and the natural bacteria in your mouth, can erode the mineral structures of your teeth on a microscopic level. If this process, known as demineralization, isn’t countered somehow it will increase your chances of developing problems with sensitivity and tooth decay.
Many research studies have found that by exposing your tooth enamel to fluoride the microscopic minerals will be restored. This process is known as remineralization, and effectively makes your tooth enamel stronger and mitigates your chances of developing problems with tooth decay and sensitivity issues in the future.
If your teeth show signs of demineralization, tooth decay, or sensitivity due to enamel erosion, Dr. David J. Harsant will often recommend a basic fluoride treatment to restore the mineral structure of the enamel layer of your teeth. The procedure is quick and oftentimes is performed at the end of your dental checkup.
Your David J. Harsant, DDS, PA dentist administers the fluoride treatment by pouring a concentrated fluoride gel into trays held in your mouth for a few minutes. You should avoid eating or drinking for a time to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.
If you have questions about dental fluoride treatment, please call David J. Harsant, DDS, PA at 910.864.4646 to schedule an appointment.