Poor oral hygiene encourages the natural bacteria living in your mouth to cause problems like periodontal disease and tooth decay. A cavity is even more likely to occur if your tooth enamel has been weakened by acidic foods and beverages. One easy way to help prevent this from happening is to expose your teeth to fluoride.
Fluoride can strengthen tooth enamel, reverse sensitivity issues and prevent bacteria from exploiting the area to form cavities.
If you’ve struggled with chronic tooth decay and sensitivity, your dentist, Dr. Wendy Chen, might recommend have a basic fluoride treatment administered. In many cases, this can be done after she has completed your routine dental checkup.
Dr. Wendy Chen will simply pour a little bit of concentrated fluoride gel into a tray that is held in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes to an hour to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate deep into your tooth enamel.
If your teeth suffer from significant demineralization issues, Dr. Wendy Chen might also prescribe daily fluoride supplements. Some of the most common forms include sublingual tabs, mouth rinse or toothpaste.
If you are due for your next dental checkup and you’re interested in a fluoride treatment in Colleyville, Texas, you should call 817-581-4031 to schedule an appointment at Wendy Chen Orthodontics.