Your tooth enamel is composed of dense mineral structures that give your teeth the ability to bite off, chew and grind hard foods. Every day the acidic nature of certain foods and beverages, as well as the bacteria in your mouth, can minutely erode these mineral structures. This is known as demineralization.
The most effective way to counter the effects of demineralization is to expose tooth enamel to sources of fluoride. Sometimes the fluoride added to toothpaste is not potent enough to completely remineralize your tooth enamel. This is even more likely if you have well water.
Common symptoms of demineralization include tooth sensitivity and chronic issues with tooth decay. Should your Douglas A. Deam, DMD, PA dentist notice signs of demineralization he might recommend a basic fluoride treatment. This could also be accompanied by daily prescription fluoride supplements.
The fluoride treatment is administered 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 fully saturate the enamel of your teeth.
If you are interested in a fluoride treatment, you should call Douglas A. Deam, DMD, PA at 305-443-4713 to set up an appointment. We look forward to helping you have the strongest teeth possible.