Your tooth enamel is actually a biologically formed mineral structure that, when healthy, is harder than your strongest bones. Unfortunately, the natural bacteria in your mouth and the acidic foods and drinks you consume can work to erode the microscopic density of tooth enamel minerals, promoting the formation of tooth decay.
By exposing your teeth to increased fluoride, you can restore these microscopic minerals every day. This process is known as remineralization and it strengthens tooth enamel to reduce sensitivity and prevent tooth decay.
If your Rocky Ridge Dental Associates dentist, Dr. Roy A. Smith, III, finds signs of weakened tooth enamel during your checkup, he might recommend a basic fluoride treatment. This potent treatment can greatly increase the mineral density of the tooth enamel to help you maintain healthy teeth.
Your dentist administers the fluoride treatment by pouring concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are held in your mouth for a few minutes. After the treatment, you should avoid eating or drinking for at least an hour to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate your tooth enamel.
If you show significant signs of enamel erosion, your dentist might also recommend the daily use of prescription fluoride supplements.
If you have tooth sensitivity or if you’ve struggled with cavities, you should call Rocky Ridge Dental Associates at 205-979-8070 to schedule an appointment and ask about a fluoride treatment in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.