Your tooth enamel gets its incredible hardness from a dense matrix of mineral crystals. Throughout an average day, the bacteria living in your mouth and the acidic foods and beverages you enjoy can gradually weaken tooth enamel. Extensive research has found that exposing your teeth to fluoride helps restore the microscopic minerals in a process is known as remineralization. This helps prevent sensitivity and tooth decay.
If you’ve had chronic problems with tooth decay and sensitivity, they could be linked to insufficient fluoride exposure. Should your dentist, Dr. David J. Harsant, suspect this as the underlying cause, he might recommend having a fluoride treatment administered. This can conveniently be performed following your regular dental checkup.
A 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 for at least a half an hour to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.
To help maintain the strength of your tooth enamel in the future, you might want to consider cutting back on acidic foods and beverages. Brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste will also be helpful.
If you are interested in having a fluoride treatment in Fayetteville, North Carolina, you can always call 910.864.4646 to schedule an appointment at our office.