If you were to look at your tooth enamel under a powerful microscope, you would find that it is composed of tightly packed mineral crystals. Each day, the acidic foods and drinks you consume, as well as the natural bacteria in your mouth, can actually erode the density of these mineral crystals.
If this process of enamel erosion is not counteracted in some way, it can lead to significant problems with tooth decay and sensitivity.
Well-founded research has found that exposing your teeth to fluoride helps restore the microscopic minerals in your tooth enamel. This prevents sensitivity and tooth decay.
Your dentist, Dr. Linh Nguyen, might recommend having a basic fluoride treatment if you’re experiencing tooth decay and sensitivity issues. This could also be followed by the daily use of fluoride supplements. Combined, these two powerful sources of fluoride can reverse significant demineralization symptoms.
Fluoride supplements come in several different forms, including sublingual tabs, gels, mouthwash or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste.
If Dr. Linh Nguyen prescribes concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash, you should apply them to your teeth right before going to bed. However, you don’t necessarily have to use them only before bed. You just need to apply them to your teeth at a time when you can avoid eating or drinking anything for at least a half an hour. This will allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel.
If you’re concerned about the integrity of your tooth enamel, you should call Best Dentistry at 206-783-3000 to explore your fluoride options in Seattle, Washington.