Your tooth enamel is made up of a hard-mineral structure that is composed of microscopic crystals. Throughout an average day, the natural bacteria in your mouth and the acidic foods you consume can gradually deplete the mineral’s density. This creates microscopic pores where tooth decay can form.
Fortunately, exposing your tooth enamel to fluoride can help restore this microscopic mineral erosion. This process, which is known as remineralization, can start to reverse tooth sensitivity and prevent new cavities from forming.
If you’ve struggled with chronic tooth decay and sensitivity, your dentist, Dr. Neal Vavra, will likely recommend a basic fluoride treatment. It can be conveniently administered after he has completed your regular dental checkup and cleaning.
Dr. Neal Vavra administers the 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 30 minutes to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate your tooth enamel.
If Dr. Neal Vavra thinks your enamel erosion issues need further help, then he might prescribe daily fluoride supplements. This might come in the form of a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinse.
Call Palm Court Dental today if you would like more information about fluoride in Fontana, California, and to schedule your next appointment.