Your tooth enamel is made up of minerals, and each day these minerals go through demineralization and remineralization. Demineralization is the process that takes place when minerals in your tooth enamel dissolve due to acids. Remineralization is when minerals are deposited back to your enamel. When minerals such as calcium, phosphate, and fluoride are consumed, tooth enamel begins to replenish.
This is a daily occurrence, but sometimes more demineralization occurs than remineralization. If your tooth enamel is not being restored, your teeth can begin to decay. This is why fluoride is important to the health of your teeth.
We use and consume things every day that have small amounts of Fluoride, including water, certain foods, and toothpaste. The fluoride used at the dentist office is much stronger and works well to restore tooth enamel.
Different Ways We Get Fluoride
The fluoride in the foods and water you consume mixes with saliva in your mouth and helps strengthen your teeth.
Fluoride treatments are also available from your dentist. Your dentist will apply fluoride directly to your teeth as a foam, gel or varnish. The dentist will leave the fluoride on the teeth for a short time and then remove any excess fluoride that has not been absorbed. You will most likely be instructed not to eat or drink anything for 30 minutes after the treatment, to make sure the fluoride is able to do its work.
If you have a child that is between the ages of 6 and 16, your dentist may also recommend fluoride supplements if they are not receiving enough fluoride. It is important to follow the dentist's instructions when using fluoride supplements or any prescribed fluoride rinses or gels.
If you decide to use a fluoride mouth wash you can buy in a store, Dr. Lechner recommends taking a look at the ADA approved mouthwash products.
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If so, schedule an appointment today with Dr. Lechner in Delaware, OH.