Your tooth enamel is made up of microscopic mineral crystals that give it the durability to bite, chew and grind hard foods. Unfortunately, it is possible for the acidic foods and beverages you enjoy and the natural bacteria in your mouth to degrade these mineral crystals over time, which creates microscopic areas that harbor tooth decay. In time, it can also allow microscopic channels to form in the enamel, making your teeth sensitive to hot, cold, sweet and acidic foods.
If you don’t have sufficient fluoride exposure each day, or if you have recently developed issues with cavities and tooth sensitivity, your dentist, Dr. Lawrence H. Zabner, will often recommend a basic fluoride treatment in Toluca Lake, California, or prescribe you daily fluoride supplements.
There are a few different types of fluoride supplements available, such as sublingual tabs, gels, mouth rinse or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste. Many people prefer fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinse because it can be easily added to your daily oral hygiene routine.
It’s best to apply the fluoride to your teeth right before you go to sleep or at a time when you can avoid eating or drinking for at least an hour. This will allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic areas of your tooth enamel.
If you have concerns about the strength of your tooth enamel and you’d like to explore your options for increased fluoride exposure, you should call our experienced dental team at 818-766-5246 to schedule an appointment.