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Throughout the course of an average day, the natural bacteria in your mouth and the acidic foods and beverages you consume can degrade the mineral density of your tooth enamel. If it’s not counteracted in some way, this process of demineralization can cause microscopic pores and textures to form within your teeth. This can promote the formation of tooth decay or tooth sensitivity.

Fortunately, exposing your tooth enamel to fluoride helps restore this microscopic mineral erosion. This process known as remineralization can reverse tooth sensitivity and prevent cavities.

If your teeth show signs of inadequate fluoride exposure, your dentist, Dr. Lynn Leyde, might recommend receiving a basic fluoride treatment and taking prescription fluoride supplements. Common fluoride supplements include sublingual tabs, gels, mouthrinse or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste.

If Dr. Lynn Leyde prescribes ingestible fluoride supplements, you will need to take them at the specified times. If Dr. Lynn Leyde prescribe a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash, you should brush or rinse with them right before going to sleep or at a time when you can abstain from eating or drinking for at least a half hour.

If you are concerned about the health of your teeth, you should call Professional Dental Care at 206-546-8377 to explore your fluoride options in Shoreline, Washington.