Each day acidic foods and drink as well as the natural bacteria in your mouth, can cause a microscopic reduction in the minerals of your tooth enamel. If this process, known as demineralization, goes unchecked for a long period of time your teeth become more vulnerable to issues with sensitivity and tooth decay.
Fortunately, fluoride exposure can restore these minerals on a microscopic level, effectively combatting enamel erosion. This process, known as remineralization improves mineral density in your teeth, thus fortifying your teeth against developing sensitivity issues while helping to prevent tooth decay.
If you have issues with enamel erosion, or you simply aren’t getting enough fluoride exposure in your average day, your dentist might suggest an in-office fluoride treatment and prescription fluoride supplements.
Fluoride supplements can come in several different forms including tabs, gels or concentrated fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinse. If you are using concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinse, you want to apply it to your teeth right before you go to bed. Then avoid eating or drinking anything to allow the fluoride to fully saturate the enamel.
Using toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride additives, as part of your oral hygiene routine will further help to strengthen your tooth enamel. You should also consider cutting back on acidic foods in your diet as they can be counterproductive.
If you have concerns that you’re not getting enough fluoride in your average day, or you would like to have a fluoride treatment, please call us at 740-423-8416 to schedule an appointment.