Every day the natural bacteria in your mouth, as well as acidic foods and drinks can attack the mineral in your tooth enamel on a microscopic level. This process known as demineralization. Chronic demineralization can cause enamel erosion, which makes your teeth more prone to issues with sensitivity and tooth decay.
When your tooth enamel is exposed to fluoride a chemical process occurs on a microscopic level, which restores eroded minerals in the enamel. This process of remineralization. The strengthened enamel leaves less microscopic areas for bacteria to exploit, thus reducing sensitivity issues and helping to prevent tooth decay.
Using toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride additives, as well drinking fluoridated water helps increase tooth enamel. If you don’t have sufficient fluoride exposure, or you have well water at home, your dentist might suggest using fluoride supplements.
In many cases fluoride supplements are part of a follow up strategy to an in-office fluoride treatment. Fluoride supplements can come in several different forms including gels or concentrated fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinse.
The most effective way to use the concentrated toothpaste or mouth rinse is to brush it onto your teeth right before you go to bed. Then avoid eating or drinking anything to allow the fluoride to fully permeate the surface of the enamel.
Your dentist can help you choose the fluoride supplement that’s right for you.
If you have concerns that you’re not getting enough fluoride in your average day, or you would like to have a fluoride treatment, please call us at 860-346-6872 to schedule an appointment.