Your teeth are made up of several different layers. The surface enamel layer of each tooth is composed of densely packed microscopic mineral crystals. Each day, acidic foods, drinks and the natural bacteria in your mouth, can erode the mineral structures of your teeth on a microscopic level. If this process, known as demineralization isn’t countered somehow it will increase your chances of developing problems with sensitivity and tooth decay.
Many research studies have found that by exposing your tooth enamel to fluoride the microscopic minerals will be restored. This process is known as remineralization, effectively makes your tooth enamel stronger and mitigates your chances of developing problems with tooth decay and sensitivity issues in the future.
If you aren’t getting adequate fluoride exposure in your average day, Dr. Tanya Peterson & Heidi Smith might suggest a basic fluoride treatment or using fluoride supplements. 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 time. In the case of concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinse, you should brush them onto your teeth or rinse your mouth right before going to bed.
The goal is to apply them to your teeth at a time when you can avoid eating or drinking anything for 30 minutes to an hour. This will allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel.
All of this is in addition to brushing your teeth with a brand of toothpaste that has added fluoride as part of your oral hygiene.
If you are interested in fluoride supplements, please call Dr. Tanya Peterson & Heidi Smith at 952.890.2791 to schedule an appointment.