The internal structures of each of your teeth is protected by a layer of tooth enamel. Tooth enamel gets its amazing strength from densely packed microscopic mineral crystals. This is what gives your teeth the strength and durability to bite off, chew and grind hard foods. The integrity of these mineral crystals helps to prevent the bacteria in your mouth from forming the pockets of tooth decay, commonly known as cavities.
Unfortunately, it is possible for the acidic foods and beverages you consume, and the pervasive process of bacteria to erode these microscopic mineral crystals. This opens up surface areas that can host tooth decay, or even create microscopic channels through the enamel, making your teeth sensitive to hot, cold, sweet and acidic foods.
Fortunately, regular exposure to fluoride helps to restore the mineral structures of tooth enamel on a microscopic level. Thus effectively reversing the process. If you’ve had issues with sensitivity and tooth decay or you simply aren’t getting adequate fluoride in an average day, Robert H. Watson Jr. DDS, PA might recommend administering a basic fluoride treatment to bolster the process of remineralizing your teeth.
To administer the fluoride treatment, the dentist will pour a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are held in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, 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 are interested in having a fluoride treatment, you should call Robert H. Watson Jr. DDS, PA at 704-523-7221 to schedule an appointment.