The mineral integrity of your tooth enamel is what gives your teeth the strength to bite and chew food. This also helps prevent the natural bacteria in your mouth from causing tooth decay. Over a long period of time, the acidic foods and beverages you consume and any lapses in your daily oral hygiene routine can weaken the mineral strength of your tooth enamel.
This is even more likely to be an issue if you don’t have access to fluoride-fortified municipal drinking water at home.
If Drs. Neeley, Nemeth, Hayashi, Grimm, and Bradley notice a problem with your tooth enamel during your regular dental checkup, they can present you with some fluoride options.
One easy way to address this is to have a fluoride treatment administered at the end of your dental checkup. Afterward, your dentist might also prescribe daily use fluoride supplements. This often comes in the form of a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash. It’s best to brush or rinse with them right before going to sleep or at a time when you can refrain from eating or drinking for at least a half an hour. This will allow the fluoride to penetrate the microscopic textures of the tooth enamel.
You can also strengthen your tooth enamel by making improvements to your daily oral hygiene routine and by cutting back on acidic foods and beverages.
If you live in the Austin, Texas, area and you’re concerned about the strength of your tooth enamel, you should call 512-327-6947 to explore your fluoride options at Barton Oaks Dental Group.