Your tooth enamel is composed of a dense matrix of microscopic mineral crystals. If you consume a lot of acidic foods and beverages, it can gradually erode the mineral density of your teeth. As time goes on, this will significantly increase your chances of developing tooth sensitivity and tooth decay.
In many of these cases, increased fluoride exposure can replenish the mineral content of tooth enamel. This process, which is known as remineralization, can help strengthen your teeth to prevent future issues.
If you’ve struggled with tooth sensitivity or tooth decay, Dr. Gary Cappelletti might recommend administering a fluoride treatment. This can be followed up by the daily use of fluoride supplements. Combined, these two powerful sources of fluoride can reverse significant demineralization symptoms.
Fluoride supplements come in several different forms, including sublingual tabs, gels, mouth rinse, or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste.
Ingested fluoride supplements should be taken at the prescribed times. If your dentist prescribes concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash, you should apply them to your teeth or rinse your mouth right before going to bed.
Ideally, you want to apply them to your teeth at a time when you can avoid eating or drinking anything for at least a half an hour. This will allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel.
If you’ve struggled with tooth sensitivity and cavities in Danville, California, you should call 925-837-8564 to explore your fluoride options at El Cerro Dental.