Your teeth are very tough. This is due to the microscopic mineral crystals that make up the outer enamel layer of each tooth. However, acidic foods and beverages, as well as the natural bacteria in your mouth, can actually erode these mineral crystals through a process known as demineralization.
Over time, untreated demineralization can lead to the development of cavities and tooth sensitivity. Fortunately, fluoride exposure restores these mineral crystals and keeps them strong enough to resist the effects of tooth decay and tooth sensitivity.
If you’ve had symptoms of weakened enamel, your DeMercy Dental team can administer a professional fluoride treatment. In most cases, the fluoride treatment will be administered after your regular dental checkup.
During the treatment, 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 into the enamel of your teeth.
We might also recommend brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste or taking prescription fluoride supplements to increase your daily fluoride exposure.
If you’re concerned about the strength and health of your tooth enamel, you should call DeMercy Dental at 770.641.8010 to schedule an appointment regarding fluoride treatments in Roswell, Georgia.