Tooth enamel is the incredibly hard substance that gives your teeth the integrity to chew and grind food. This durability is provided by an intricate network of microscopic mineral crystals. Over the course of time the bacteria in your mouth, as well as interaction with acidic foods and beverages you consume, can erode these crystals over time.
Left unchecked, this process known as demineralization can weaken your tooth enamel to the degree that tooth decay can set hold. At the same time demineralization also makes you more prone to develop tooth sensitivity issues.
By exposing your teeth to fluoride on a regular basis, it can restore the mineral density of your tooth enamel. One potent method for accomplishing this is to have one of Oakmont Family Dentists’s dentists administer a fluoride treatment.
This involves a dentist pouring a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are held in your mouth for a few minutes. It’s a good idea to avoid eating or drinking for up to an hour afterward to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic areas of your tooth enamel.
If your teeth show signs of demineralization, the dentist might also prescribe fluoride supplements.
If you are concerned about the integrity of your tooth enamel, you should call Oakmont Family Dentists’s clinic in Oakmont, Pennsylvania at 412-828-3311 to schedule a fluoride treatment.