Each day the natural bacteria in your mouth and the acidic foods and beverages you consume can erode the mineral density of your tooth enamel. If it is not counteracted in some way, this process known as demineralization can weaken your teeth, making them more susceptible to tooth decay.
Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps restore the microscopic minerals in a process known as remineralization. This effectively helps prevent tooth decay and tooth sensitivity.
If you’ve been struggling with tooth sensitivity or tooth decay issues, your dentist, Dr. Craig Thomas, might recommend administering a fluoride treatment in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. This could also be followed up 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, mouthrinse, and a concentrated fluoride toothpaste.
Ingested fluoride supplements should be taken at the prescribed times. If your dentist prescribes concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash, you should apply them your teeth or rinse your mouth right before going to bed.
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 due for your next dental checkup and you’re concerned about your daily fluoride exposure, you should call 843-899-5911 to schedule an appointment at Carolina Avenue Dental Care.