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The enamel layer on each of your teeth is composed of dense microscopic mineral crystal structures that give your teeth the strength and durability to bite off and grind food. Each day things like acidic foods and beverages, as well as the natural processes of the bacteria in your mouth, can slowly erode a little of these microscopic structures.
This process, known as demineralization, can slowly start to weaken your tooth enamel, making your teeth more prone to problems with tooth decay and sensitivity. Regular exposure to fluoride helps to fortify and restore the mineral structures of tooth enamel on a microscopic level. This process, known as remineralization, strengthens tooth enamel and reduces your chances of sensitivity and tooth decay problems.
If you’ve had issues with sensitivity and tooth decay or you simply aren’t getting adequate fluoride in an average day, then Dr. Natalya Ramsay might recommend a basic fluoride treatment.
Dr. Natalya Ramsay will administer the fluoride treatment by pouring a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are held in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking for up to an hour afterward to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic areas of your tooth enamel.
If you are interested in having a fluoride treatment or have any questions about fluoride use, you should call Evans Street Dental Center at 503-472-1402 to schedule an appointment.