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.
If you don’t have sufficient fluoride exposure in your average day, or you have recently developed issues with cavities and tooth sensitivity, our Simple Smiles Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry team may recommend a basic fluoride treatment or using fluoride supplements.
There are a few different types of fluoride supplements such as sublingual tabs, gels, mouth rinses or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste.
Prescription fluoride supplements that are meant to be ingested, must be taken at the appropriate times to be truly effective. If Dr. Christine Lee prescribes fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash, it’s best to apply them to your teeth right before going to sleep, or at a time when you can avoid eating or drinking for at least an hour. This will allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic areas of your tooth enamel.
If you have questions about fluoride treatments or fluoride supplements, please call Simple Smiles Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry in Woodstock, Georgia at 770.592.7000 to schedule an appointment.