During an average day, acidic food and drink as well as the natural bacteria in your mouth, can cause a microscopic erosion of the crystal mineral structure that makes up your tooth enamel. This process is known as demineralization. If demineralization is not countered it can eventually increase your chances of developing sensitivity and tooth decay issues in your teeth.
Fluoride exposure helps to add back a microscopic amount of minerals to your tooth enamel. This process is known as remineralization. By fortifying tooth enamel with fluoride your teeth will become stronger and your chances of developing tooth decay and sensitivity issues will improve.
If you aren’t getting adequate fluoride exposure in your average day, Dr. Derek M. Lichter might suggest a basic fluoride treatment. The procedure is quick and often times can be performed at the end of your dental checkup.
Dr. Derek M. Lichter administers the fluoride treatment by pouring a concentrated fluoride gel into trays held in your mouth for a few minutes. You should avoid eating or drinking to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.
If you have significant enamel erosion, issues, Dr. Derek M. Lichter might also prescribe a fluoride supplement. The supplement might be sublingual tabs, placed under the tongue or a concentrated fluoride gel and mouth rinse.
If you have questions about dental fluoride treatment, please call us at 619.422.5317 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!