The enamel layer on each of your teeth is very hard and durable. However, it is not impervious to enamel erosion caused by consuming acidic foods and beverages, as well as the natural bacteria in your mouth. Over time this process, known as demineralization, can create microscopic pores and channels in your tooth enamel, promoting tooth decay and sensitivity issues.
Established research has found that increased fluoride exposure helps to restore a significant amount of minerals to your tooth enamel. This process is known as remineralization, and both strengthens tooth enamel and reduces your chances of developing tooth decay and sensitivity problems.
If you’ve had issues with sensitive teeth and tooth decay, Dr. John Verville might recommend a basic fluoride treatment. Most of the time this can be performed at the end of your dental checkup.
Dr. John Verville administers the fluoride treatment by pouring concentrated fluoride gel into trays held in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth. It’s also a good idea to brush your teeth twice a day with a toothpaste that has added fluoride. In some cases, Dr. John Verville might also prescribe fluoride supplements.
If you have questions about dental fluoride treatment, please call Dr. John D. Verville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 904-284-9911 to schedule an appointment.