The internal structures of your teeth are protected by a layer of tooth enamel. This biological substance gets its amazing strength from densely packed microscopic mineral crystals. This is what gives your teeth the strength and durability to bite, chew and grind hard foods. The integrity of these mineral crystals helps prevent the bacteria in your mouth from forming cavities.
Unfortunately, it is possible for the acidic foods and beverages you consume and the pervasive bacteria to erode these microscopic mineral crystals. This can create surface areas that host tooth decay or even create microscopic channels through the enamel, making your teeth sensitive to hot, cold, sweet and acidic foods and drinks.
Fortunately, regular exposure to fluoride helps restore the mineral structures of tooth enamel on a microscopic level. This can help reverse the process. If you’ve had issues with sensitivity and tooth decay or if you simply aren’t getting adequate fluoride in an average day, Dr. Cathy Fermelia might recommend adding a fluoride treatment to the end of your dental checkup.
To administer the fluoride treatment, she will pour a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into a tray that is held in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking for up to an hour afterward to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic areas of your tooth enamel.
If you are concerned about the integrity of your tooth enamel in Lakewood, Colorado, you should call 303-987-2121 to schedule a checkup with fluoride treatment at Academy Park Dental Assoc..