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Well-established research has found that modest exposure to fluoride can help maintain and restore the mineral density of tooth enamel. This helps prevent the development of tooth decay and tooth sensitivity. To aid in this endeavor, many municipal water sources add a lose dose of fluoride. If you have well water at home, you might not have sufficient fluoride exposure to preserve the strength and health of your teeth.
There are a few different ways to improve your exposure to fluoride. First, your dentist, Dr. Natalya Ramsay, might recommend administering an in-office fluoride treatment. This can usually be done at the end of your regular dental checkup at Evans Street Dental Center.
Then, she might prescribe daily fluoride supplements. Combined, these two powerful sources of fluoride can reverse significant demineralization symptoms.
Fluoride supplements come in several different forms including sublingual tabs, gels, mouthwash, or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste.
Ingested fluoride supplements should be taken at the prescribed times. If your dentist prescribes concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash, you should apply them to your teeth or rinse your mouth right before going to bed.
It’s important to apply them to your teeth at a time when you can avoid eating or drinking anything for at least a half an hour. This will allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel.
If you’re concerned about the integrity of your tooth enamel and you would like to learn more about fluoride in McMinnville, Oregon, you should call 503-472-1402 to schedule a checkup at our clinic.