The natural processes of the bacteria in your mouth, as well as acidic foods and beverages, can cause a microscopic erosion of the mineral crystals that make up your tooth enamel. If this microscopic enamel erosion is not countered by regular, daily exposure to fluoride it can pose several threats to your oral health.
The microscopic erosion creates tiny channels in the enamel. At first this can make your teeth more sensitive to hot, cold, sweet and acidic things. Over time this can also promote tooth decay, chips and fractures. Any one of these problems could compromise the tooth, requiring a crown, root canal or possibly even a total extraction of the tooth.
The regular presence of fluoride in your mouth helps to add back a microscopic amount of minerals to your tooth enamel. This process is known as remineralization. By fortifying tooth enamel with fluoride your teeth will become stronger and your chances of developing tooth decay and sensitivity issues will improve.
If you aren’t getting adequate fluoride exposure in your average day, Dr. Spear might recommend a basic fluoride treatment. The procedure is quick and often times can be performed at the end of your dental checkup.
Dr. Spear will pour a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are inserted into your mouth and held in place for a few minutes. You should avoid eating or drinking for up to an hour afterward to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic areas of your tooth enamel.
If you have questions about dental fluoride treatment, please call us at 817.920.1488 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!