Poor oral hygiene practices and a propensity for consuming acidic foods and beverages can create an acidic environment in your mouth. This can have a significant adverse effect on the strength of your tooth enamel.
As time goes by, it could weaken the mineral density of your tooth enamel. This could open microscopic pores that increase tooth sensitivity or create compromised areas that the bacteria in your mouth can exploit to cause tooth decay.
Fortunately, exposing your teeth to fluoride helps refortify these microscopic minerals in a process known as remineralization. This effectively helps prevent sensitivity and tooth decay. Here at Armstrong Dental, we can quickly bolster the mineral density of your tooth enamel with a simple fluoride treatment.
This is quick and oftentimes can be performed at the end of your twice-annual dental checkup.
Your dentist administers the 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 for an hour after the treatment to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.
In the future, you might want to consider cutting back on acidic foods and beverages. This will help prevent an acidic environment from developing in your mouth again. Brushing your teeth each day with a fluoride toothpaste will also help maintain the strength of your tooth enamel.
If you live in the Blackfoot, Idaho, area and you are concerned about the strength of your teeth, you should call 208-785-3310 to schedule a checkup with fluoride treatment at Armstrong Dental.