If you were to look at your teeth through a strong microscope, you would see a porous surface made from dense mineral crystals. Acidic foods and beverages and inadequate oral hygiene practices can deplete the density of these mineral structures. This is even more likely to be an issue if you don’t have fluoridated water at home.
Many municipal water sources add trace amounts of fluoride to the drinking water they provide. This is due to fluoride’s ability to replenish the mineral density of tooth enamel.
People with compromised tooth enamel and unfluoridated water can benefit from having a basic fluoride treatment administered at the end of their dental checkup at Carp Dental.
Afterward, they might recommend taking prescription fluoride supplements daily. This might come in the form of concentrated fluoride toothpaste or a fortified fluoride mouthwash.
To use the fluoride toothpaste, you would brush your teeth like normal and then lightly brush the concentrated paste onto the faces of your teeth. This is best done at night before bed or at a time when you can avoid eating or drinking anything for up to an hour.
The concentrated fluoride mouthwash can be used at any time during the day, but you will also need to avoid eating or drinking for an hour to allow it to penetrate your teeth.
If you’re concerned that you might not have sufficient fluoride exposure in Norristown, Pennsylvania, you should call 610-275-1565 to schedule an appointment with our dentists.