If you struggle to maintain a consistent daily oral hygiene routine it can allow plaque and tartar to build up on your teeth and along the gumline. The resulting plaque acids and the acidic environment in your mouth can gradually start to weaken the mineral density of your tooth enamel. This is even more likely to occur if you frequently consume acidic beverages.
If this situation is allowed to persist in the long term it can make your teeth increasingly vulnerable to cavities. As time goes on, microscopic channels can develop in your tooth enamel exposing the sensitive dentin layer within the tooth. The resulting tooth sensitivity can have a significant adverse effect on your quality of life.
If our dentists notice signs of tooth enamel demineralization during your regular dental checkup, they might recommend a fluoride treatment. In just a few minutes the concentrated fluoride gel can restore some of your tooth enamel’s mineral density.
Our dentists might also recommend using prescription fluoride supplements. This might come in the form of sublingual tabs, gels, mouth rinse, or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste.
You will need to take ingestible fluoride supplements, as directed. A fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash should be applied to your teeth right before going to sleep or at a time when you can abstain from eating or drinking for at least a half hour.
If you live in the Murphy, Texas, area and you’re concerned about the health of your tooth enamel, you should call 972-535-8376 to schedule a checkup at Parkside Dental. Dr.’s Jason and Jean Larsen are here to help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile!