The surfaces of your teeth have microscopic pores in the tooth enamel. Inconsistent oral hygiene practices and a propensity for consuming acidic foods and beverages can gradually erode tooth enamel minerals. This can widen and deepen these pores, creating microscopic channels down to the sensitive dentin within. This can cause tooth sensitivity when you consume hot, cold, sweet, or acidic things. In time, it can also cause tooth decay.
If your teeth show signs of tooth decay or if you’ve struggled with multiple cavities in the past, your dentist, Dr. Bradley Dyer, might recommend receiving a standard fluoride treatment and taking fluoride supplements.
Increased fluoride acts to counter the effects of demineralization by restoring the microscopic mineral crystals that make up your tooth enamel.
Your dentist will usually administer the fluoride treatment immediately following your regular dental checkup. This is done by pouring concentrated fluoride gel into a special tray that is inserted into your mouth and held there for a few minutes. You will need to avoid eating and drinking for up to an hour to maximize the fluoride saturation of your teeth.
Then, he can prescribe fluoride supplements to help you maintain the strength of your tooth enamel on a daily basis. This often comes in the form of a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthrinse that you use shortly before going to bed.
If you are concerned about the health and integrity of your tooth enamel, you should call 865-453-2731 to schedule an appointment at Bradley L. Dyer DDS PC regarding fluoride in Sevierville, Tennessee.