Your teeth are protected by a strong outer layer of tooth enamel. While this gives them the ability to bite and chew common foods, the mineral density of tooth enamel also prevents bacteria from developing tooth decay.
Unfortunately, it is possible for the acidic foods and beverages you consume and the pervasive bacteria to erode these microscopic mineral crystals. These demineralized areas can gradually start to foster tooth decay. In time, it can even create microscopic channels through the enamel, making your teeth sensitive to hot, cold, sweet, and acidic foods.
If you don’t have sufficient fluoride exposure in your average day, Dr. Mehrnaz Iranmehr might recommend a fluoride treatment with daily-use fluoride supplements.
There are a few different types of fluoride supplements, such as sublingual tabs, gels, mouth rinse or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste, you can use to strengthen your tooth enamel.
Prescription fluoride supplements that are meant to be ingested must be taken at the appropriate times to be truly effective. If your dentist prescribes fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash, it’s best to apply them to your teeth right before going to sleep or at a time when you can avoid eating or drinking for at least an hour. This will allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic areas of your tooth enamel.
If you have concerns about the strength of your tooth enamel in Dallas, Texas, you should call 972-447-9707 to schedule a dental checkup at Preston Family Dentistry.