Your tooth enamel appears to be very smooth. If you were to look at the surface of your teeth under a powerful microscope, you would see microscopic mineral crystals. The natural bacteria in your mouth and the acidic foods and drinks you consume can actually erode these minerals and decrease their density. If this process, known as demineralization, is not counteracted, it will eventually weaken your tooth enamel, making your teeth more likely to develop cavities.
Long-established research has found that exposing your teeth to fluoride helps restore the microscopic minerals in a process is known as remineralization. This prevents sensitivity and tooth decay.
If you’ve had issues with sensitivity and tooth decay as a result of insufficient fluoride exposure, our dentists, Dr. Lee and Dr. Yeung, might recommend administering a standard fluoride treatment. This can conveniently be performed following your regular dental checkup.
During this treatment, concentrated fluoride gel will be poured into trays that are inserted into 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.
You might also want to try using fluoride toothpaste to increase your daily fluoride exposure.
If you are interested in having a fluoride treatment in Kirkland, Washington, please call Radiant Smiles Family Dentistry at (425) 828.9721 to schedule an appointment.