The enamel layer on your teeth is very hard and durable. It gets its strength from microscopic mineral crystals. When you consume acidic foods and drinks, it can deplete these mineral crystals by a minute amount. If this process of demineralization is compounded every day, it can weaken your tooth enamel, leading to issues with tooth sensitivity and cavities.
Fortunately, the effects of demineralization can be counteracted by exposing your teeth to additional sources of fluoride. Fluoride effectively replaces and fortifies the microscopic mineral crystals to keep your tooth enamel healthy and strong.
Your dentist, Dr. Spear, might recommend administering a basic fluoride treatment if you’ve had issues with sensitivity and tooth decay or if you aren’t getting adequate fluoride in an average day.
To administer the fluoride treatment, the dentist will pour a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are placed in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking for up to an hour to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic areas of your tooth enamel.
If you are interested in having a fluoride treatment in Fort Worth, Texas, you should call our experienced dental team at 817.920.1488 to schedule an appointment and restore your confident smile!