Each day things like the natural bacteria in your mouth, residual sugars and acidic foods can affect the mineral structure of your tooth enamel, on a microscopic level. If this process, of demineralization, continues every day for a long enough period of time it will increase your chances of developing sensitivity and tooth decay issues in your teeth.
Extensive research has found that regular fluoride exposure can restore these lost minerals and combat the threat posed by enamel erosion. This process, of remineralization increases the mineral density of your tooth enamel. This makes it harder for sensitivity and tooth decay problems to set in.
If you aren’t getting enough fluoride exposure in your average day, your dentist might suggest an in-office fluoride treatment or prescription fluoride supplements. There are several different types of fluoride supplements to choose from. Some of the more common ones include fluoride tabs, gels, mouth rinse or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste.
To use concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinse, you should apply it to your teeth right before going to sleep. Then avoid eating or drinking anything to allow the fluoride to fully saturate the enamel. It’s important to note that this is in addition to brushing your teeth with a brand of toothpaste that has added fluoride as part of your oral hygiene.
You might want to also cut back on acidic food and drink during the day, as this can be counterproductive to the process of strengthening tooth enamel.
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 253-341-4817 to schedule an appointment.