A dense microscopic matrix of mineral crystals give your tooth enamel the strength to bite and chew the foods you eat. If you struggle to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine or if you drink acidic beverages on a regular basis, it can gradually start to demineralize your tooth enamel. This can enable the natural bacteria living in your mouth to form pockets of tooth decay in an otherwise healthy tooth.
Established research has found that exposing your teeth to fluoride helps restore the microscopic mineral density of tooth enamel. This process known as remineralization can help prevent future occurrences of tooth decay.
If your dentist, Dr. Beck, notices signs of weakened tooth enamel during your dental checkup, he might recommend a fluoride treatment in Kennewick, Washington. It can be administered at the end of the checkup by pouring a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into a tray that is held in your mouth for a few minutes.
You should avoid eating or drinking for up to an hour afterward to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate your tooth enamel.
In the future, you might want to take measures to maintain strong tooth enamel. This might involve limiting your consumption of acidic foods and beverages. Brushing your teeth with a brand of toothpaste with added fluoride could also be very helpful.
If you are concerned about the strength of your tooth enamel, you should call 509-396-6950 schedule a dental checkup with a fluoride treatment at Quail Ridge Dental.