Healthy tooth enamel has the strength and durability to let you bite off, chew, and grind hard foods. Healthy tooth enamel also resists tooth decay and sensitivity issues. This is all due to the tightly packed microscopic mineral crystals it is composed of.
Unfortunately, the natural processes of the bacteria in your mouth and the effects of consuming acidic foods and drinks can actually degrade these mineral crystals. Left unchecked this enamel erosion can make your teeth susceptible to tooth decay and sensitivity issues, as well as other complications.
Should your Professional Dental Care dentist notice signs that your teeth are suffering from depleted mineral content or enamel erosion, they might recommend a fluoride treatment followed by prescription fluoride supplements.
It’s a good practice to brush your teeth twice a day with a brand of toothpaste featuring added fluoride.
Prescription fluoride supplements come in many different varieties such as sublingual tabs, gels, mouth rinse or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste. Ingested fluoride supplements should be taken at the prescribed time.
Some people prefer to use prescription fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinse. In this case, you should brush them onto your teeth or rinse your mouth right before going to bed. Ideally, you want to apply the prescription toothpaste or rinse 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.
If you have questions about fluoride supplements, or how to include more fluoride into your daily activities, you should call Professional Dental Care at 206-546-8377 to schedule a consultation.