Your tooth enamel is made up of densely packed mineral crystals. Through the course of an average day, the bacteria in your mouth and the acidic foods and beverages you consume can minutely deplete these crystals.
If it is not effectively countered this process of demineralization, can actually weaken tooth enamel, making your teeth prone to tooth decay and sensitivity issues. Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps to restore these crystals in a process is known as remineralization.
If your teeth show signs of weakened tooth enamel dentists at Hutchinson Family Dental, Jay R. Stucky, DDS, PA will likely recommend administering a fluoride treatment. This can usually be performed immediately following your regular dental checkup.
Concentrated fluoride gel is poured into trays that are inserted in your mouth and held there for a few minutes. You should avoid eating or drinking to allow the fluoride to fully saturate your tooth enamel.
To prevent future issues with demineralized enamel, you might want to try limiting a number of acidic foods and beverages you consume. Brushing your teeth with a fluoride-fortified toothpaste will also go a long way toward helping to maintain the strength of your teeth.
If you have questions or concerns about the strength of your teeth, you can call Hutchinson Family Dental, Jay R. Stucky, DDS, PA’s office in Hutchinson, Kansas at 620-663-9119 to ask about a standard fluoride treatment.