The outer layer of your teeth is made up of tooth enamel, which is composed of microscopic mineral crystals. The density of these crystals is what gives your teeth the strength to bite, chew and grind tough foods. It also helps prevent tooth decay and sensitivity.
At the same time, the bacteria living in your mouth and the acidic foods and beverages you enjoy can gradually weaken tooth enamel. Extensive research has found that exposing your teeth to fluoride helps restore the microscopic minerals in a process is known as remineralization. This prevents sensitivity and tooth decay.
If you’ve had issues with sensitivity and tooth decay as a result of insufficient fluoride exposure, your dentist, Dr. Christopher Bernardini, might recommend administering a standard fluoride treatment. This can conveniently be performed following your regular dental checkup.
A concentrated fluoride gel will be poured into trays that are inserted in your mouth and held there for a few minutes. You should avoid eating or drinking for at least half an hour to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.
If you are interested in having a fluoride treatment at your next dental checkup in Staten Island, New York, please call Christopher Bernardini at 718-987-4040 to schedule an appointment.