Each day the natural bacteria in your mouth and the acidic foods and beverages you consume can erode the mineral density of your tooth enamel. If it is not counteracted in some way, this process known as demineralization can weaken your teeth, making them more susceptible to tooth decay.
Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps restore the microscopic minerals in a process known as remineralization. This effectively helps prevent tooth decay and tooth sensitivity.
If your teeth show signs of weakened tooth enamel from insufficient fluoride exposure, your dentist, Dr. Robert Morrison, might recommend administering a standard fluoride treatment in Richmond, Virginia. This can conveniently be administered following your regular dental checkup.
This involves Dr. Robert Morrison pouring a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into a tray that is inserted in your mouth and held there for a few minutes. You should avoid eating or drinking for at least a half an hour to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.
It might also be wise to cut back on certain acidic foods and beverages. You can still enjoy them from time to time, but you might want to try rinsing your mouth afterward.
If you are due for your next dental checkup and you’re interested in a fluoride treatment, you should call 804-261-4020 to schedule an appointment at Morrison Dental Group.