Your tooth enamel is made up of densely packed mineral crystals. Through the course of an average day, the bacteria in your mouth and the acidic foods and beverages you consume can deplete these crystals.
If this process of demineralization is not effectively counteracted, it can actually weaken your tooth enamel, making your teeth prone to tooth decay and sensitivity. Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps restore these crystals in a process that is known as remineralization.
If your teeth show signs of weakened tooth enamel, your dentist, Dr. Peter McPherson, will likely recommend a fluoride treatment. This treatment can usually be performed immediately following your regular dental checkup.
Concentrated fluoride gel will be poured into the trays that are inserted into your mouth and held there for a few minutes. You should avoid eating or drinking for at least an hour following the treatment to allow the fluoride to fully saturate your tooth enamel.
To prevent future issues with demineralized enamel, you might want to try limiting the amount of acidic foods and beverages you consume. Brushing your teeth with a fluoride-fortified toothpaste will also go a long way toward helping you maintain the strength of your teeth.
If you have questions or concerns about the strength of your teeth or about fluoride in Greer, South Carolina, you can call Twin Falls Family Dentistry at 864-663-5019 and ask about a standard fluoride treatment.