On a microscopic level, your tooth enamel is composed of densely packed mineral crystals. When you consume acidic foods and drinks, they can decrease your tooth enamel’s mineral density. This is compounded by the corrosive effects of the bacteria in your mouth, resulting from poor oral hygiene.
If the process of demineralization is not counteracted on a daily basis, your teeth will become more prone to tooth decay and sensitivity.
Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps fortify these microscopic minerals in a process is known as remineralization. This effectively helps prevent sensitivity and tooth decay.
If your tooth enamel shows signs of demineralization, your dentist, Dr. Damon P. Swenson, might recommend having a routine fluoride treatment performed. The procedure is quick and can be performed at the end of your dental checkup.
Dr. Damon P. Swenson administers the fluoride treatment by pouring a concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are 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 are concerned about the strength of your tooth enamel in Orem, Utah, you should call CrossPointe Dental at 801-224-7337 to schedule a dental checkup.