Your tooth enamel is made up of densely packed, microscopic mineral crystal structures that give your teeth the kind of strength and durability that can last a lifetime. Even as strong as tooth enamel is, things like acidic foods and beverages, as well as the natural processes of the bacteria in your mouth can microscopically erode the mineral crystals.
If this process, known as demineralization, isn’t countered, it can eventually cause erosion on the enamel layer of your teeth that make up your tooth enamel. When this happens your teeth can actually develop sensitivity issues and become more prone to developing cavities.
Fortunately, the presence of fluoride helps to fortify the mineral structures of tooth enamel on a microscopic level in a process known as remineralization. In this way fluoride restores the strength of your tooth enamel to prevent future problems.
If you’ve had issues with sensitivity and tooth decay or you simply aren’t getting adequate fluoride in an average day, then Drew Hines, DMD might recommend a basic fluoride treatment.
Your dentist will administer the fluoride treatment by pouring a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are held in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking for up to an hour afterward to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic areas of your tooth enamel.
If you are interested in having a fluoride treatment, please call Drew Hines, DMD at 704-366-3526 to schedule an appointment.