The enamel layer of your teeth is made up of densely packed microscopic mineral crystals. Over the course of an average day, acidic foods and beverages as well as the natural bacteria in your mouth, can cause a microscopic erosion of these mineral structures. This basic chemical process is known as demineralization. If demineralization is left unchecked, over time it will increase the likelihood of you developing sensitivity and problems with tooth decay.
Fluoride exposure helps to refortify the minerals to your tooth enamel. This process is known as remineralization. This makes your tooth enamel stronger and reduces your chances of developing tooth decay and sensitivity issues in the future.
If your teeth show signs of demineralization, tooth decay, or sensitivity due to enamel erosion, Dr. Dennis Garpetti might suggest a basic fluoride treatment. The procedure is quick and often times can be performed at the end of your dental checkup.
The fluoride treatment is administered by pouring a concentrated fluoride gel into trays held in your mouth for a few minutes. You should avoid eating or drinking to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.
If you have questions about dental fluoride treatment, please call us at 208-377-2160 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!