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. Lynn Leyde, will likely recommend a basic fluoride treatment. It can be conveniently administered after she has completed your regular dental checkup and cleaning.
Dr. Lynn Leyde 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. Lynn Leyde thinks your enamel erosion issues need further help, then she might prescribe daily fluoride supplements. This might come in the form of a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinse.
We welcome you to contact Professional Dental Care at 206-546-8377 today if you have questions about fluoride in Shoreline, Washington, and to schedule your next visit with our dentist.