As you go about your day, the natural bacteria in your mouth as well as the acidic foods and beverages you consume can gradually erode the mineral density of your tooth enamel. If the process of demineralization is not counteracted on a daily basis, your teeth will become more prone to tooth decay and sensitivity.
Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps refortify these microscopic minerals in a process known as remineralization. This effectively helps prevent sensitivity and tooth decay.
If your tooth enamel shows signs of demineralization, Dr. Jonathan E. Quillian might recommend having a routine fluoride treatment performed. The procedure is quick and oftentimes can be provided at the end of your dental checkup.
Your dentist administers the fluoride treatment by pouring a concentrated fluoride gel into a tray that is held in your mouth for a few minutes. You should avoid eating or drinking to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.
In the future, you might want to limit some of your acidic food and beverage choices. Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste will also help maintain healthy tooth enamel.
If you are concerned about the strength of your tooth enamel, you should call Culebra North Dental Care at 210-680-1550 to ask about the benefits of a fluoride treatment in San Antonio, Texas.