The enamel layer of your teeth is made up of densely packed microscopic mineral crystals. Over the course of a single day, acidic foods, beverages and the natural bacteria in your mouth, can cause a microscopic erosion of these minerals. If this process, known as demineralization isn’t countered, it can create microscopic pores and channels in your tooth enamel. This makes your teeth prone to issues with tooth decay and sensitivity.
Increased exposure to fluoride helps to restore a microscopic amount of minerals to your tooth enamel. This process is known as remineralization, strengthens tooth enamel and reduces your chances of developing tooth decay and sensitivity problems.
If you’ve had issues with tooth decay or sensitivity Mountain Peak Dental might recommend a basic fluoride treatment. The procedure is quick and often times can be performed at the end of your dental checkup.
The fluoride treatment is by pouring a concentrated fluoride gel into trays held in your mouth for a few minutes. You should avoid eating or drinking to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.
You should also make sure that you are using a brand of toothpaste that has added fluoride. If you have significant issues, Mountain Peak Dental might also prescribe fluoride supplements.
If you have questions about dental fluoride treatment, please call Mountain Peak Dental at 406-363-4010 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!