Your tooth enamel is composed of dense microscopic mineral crystals. Each day, the acidic foods and drinks you consume, as well as the natural bacteria in your mouth, can erode these microscopic structures. In time, this process known as demineralization can weaken tooth enamel, causing cavities and leading to heightened sensitivity in some of your teeth.
Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps to refortify these microscopic minerals in a process is known as remineralization. This effectively helps to prevent sensitivity and tooth decay.
If you’ve had issues with sensitivity and cavities from insufficient fluoride, Dr. John P. Blake might recommend having a routine fluoride treatment performed. The procedure is quick and often times can be performed at the end of your dental checkup.
Dr. John P. Blake performs the fluoride treatment 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.
If you have questions about dental fluoride treatment, you should call Dr. John P. Blake at 248.693.5800 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!