Your tooth enamel is composed of microscopic mineral structures. The density of these minerals is what gives your teeth the strength to bite and chew food. However, it is possible for the acidic foods and beverages you consume throughout the day to erode the mineral density of your tooth enamel. This creates microscopic pores and textures that can harbor bacteria and tooth decay.
If your teeth show signs of tooth decay, or if you’ve struggled with multiple cavities in the past, your dentist, Dr. Paul R. Stanovick, might recommend a standard fluoride treatment. You see, fluoride counteracts the effects of demineralization by restoring the microscopic mineral crystals that make up your tooth enamel.
Your dentist will usually administer the fluoride treatment immediately following your regular dental checkup. This is done by pouring concentrated fluoride gel into a special tray that is inserted into your mouth and held there for a few minutes. You will need to avoid eating and drinking for up to an hour to maximize the fluoride saturation of your teeth.
If your tooth enamel has been significantly compromised, we might also prescribe daily fluoride supplements. This often comes in the form of a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthrinse that you use right before going to bed.
If you are concerned about the health and integrity of your tooth enamel, you should call Paul R. Stanovick, DDS at 804-781-1919 to understand your fluoride options in Mechanicsville, Virginia.