Without good daily oral hygiene habits, the natural bacteria living in your mouth can start to develop a mildly acidic environment. Each day, this can gradually deplete the mineral density of your tooth enamel. This process, which is known as demineralization, can be accelerated by the regular consumption of acidic foods and beverages or by having unfluoridated water at home.
Exposing your teeth to the presence of fluoride helps restore this microscopic mineral density of tooth enamel in a process known as remineralization.
If you aren’t getting adequate fluoride exposure in your average day, Dr. Lara Perry might recommend a basic fluoride treatment. This will bolster the mineral density of your teeth in the short term.
Then, your dentist might also prescribe daily-use fluoride supplements in the form of a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash. It’s best to brush or rinse with the products right before going to sleep or at a time when you can refrain from eating or drinking for at least a half an hour. This will allow the fluoride to penetrate the microscopic textures of the tooth enamel.
You can also strengthen your tooth enamel by making improvements to your daily oral hygiene routine and cutting back on acidic foods and beverages.
If you’re concerned about the strength of your tooth enamel and you’d like to learn more about fluoride in Seguin, Texas, you should call 830-386-3988 to talk to a member of our Bella Vista Dental dental team.