Even though your tooth enamel is very hard, it is still vulnerable to oral bacteria and the acidic foods and beverages you consume. Overtime, these things can start to erode the microscopic mineral crystals that make up your tooth enamel, making your teeth prone to tooth decay and tooth sensitivity.
Fortunately, exposure to fluoride helps counteract this effect. Fluoride essentially replaces lost mineral crystals, preventing bacteria from exploiting tooth enamel.
Be sure to let your dentist, Dr. Kathleen Tantuco, know if you’ve had issues with sensitivity or tooth decay because of insufficient fluoride. In many cases, she will recommend a routine fluoride treatment to restore the strength of your tooth enamel. The procedure is quick and it is performed at the end of your dental checkup.
Dr. Kathleen Tantuco pours a concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are inserted into your mouth and held there for a few minutes. You should avoid eating or drinking to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.
If you have experienced tooth sensitivity or if you have issues with tooth decay and you’d like to know more about the benefits of a fluoride treatment in Sandy Springs, Georgia, you should call Vernon Woods Dental and Implant Center at 404-692-7913 to schedule an appointment.