Fluoride occurs in nature. It can often be found in very small concentrations in certain natural water sources. A significant amount of research has found that low doses of fluoride in multiple sources will help to strengthen your tooth enamel.
On a microscopic level, enamel is composed of minerals and crystal structures. Acidic foods and the natural bacteria in your mouth can weaken these minerals to a minute degree every day. Exposure to fluoride helps rebuild these crystals to keep your enamel strong and prevent your teeth from the ravages of tooth decay.
Many municipal water sources have additional fluoride. People with well water might want to look for other sources of fluoride, including fluoride tablets, fluoride toothpaste or fluoride supplements.
If you do not have an adequate fluoride your tooth enamel might weaken. If this is the case you might want to talk to your dentist about a fluoride treatment. This short in-office procedure can be done at the end of your routine dental checkup.
The procedure is simple and involves the dentist pouring concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are then inserted into the mouth for a short period of time. This helps to saturate the crystalline structures of your enamel. Afterward you will need to avoid eating or drinking for a half hour to an hour.
Your dentist might also advise an extra strength fluoride toothpaste for maintenance care in between dental checkups.
If you have questions about dental fluoride treatments please call us at 979-297-0337 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!