The outermost layer of your teeth is made from enamel, which is composed of microscopic mineral crystals. While tooth enamel is very strong, it is still possible for acidic food and drinks and the natural processes of the bacteria in your mouth to erode a microscopic amount of enamel each day.
Regular exposure to fluoride helps to remineralize these eroded areas of tooth enamel on a microscopic Without exposure to fluoride, your teeth become increasingly vulnerable to cavities and issues with tooth sensitivity.
Dr. Brandon Schvaneveldt might recommend a fluoride treatment to improve the strength of your tooth enamel. If your teeth show significant enamel erosion issues, or you have well water, he might also prescribe daily fluoride supplements.
Common fluoride supplements include sublingual tabs, gels, mouth rinse or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste.
Ingested fluoride supplements should be taken at the prescribed time. In the case of concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinse, 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 anything for 30 minutes to an hour. This will allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel.
If you have concerns that you’re not getting enough fluoride in your average day, or you would like to explore the possible use of fluoride supplements, please call Ridge View Smile Care at 435-752-1434 to schedule an appointment.