A poor oral hygiene routine and regularly consuming acidic foods and drinks can put your teeth at significant risk of developing cavities. These habits gradually cause the microscopic mineral structures of tooth enamel to break down, creating textured areas for bacteria to exploit. In time, it can even create microscopic channels in your tooth enamel, leading to sensitivity issues when you consume hot, cold, sweet or acidic things.
Fortunately, exposing your tooth enamel to fluoride helps restore this microscopic mineral erosion. This process, which is known as remineralization, can reverse sensitivity problems and prevent new areas of tooth decay from forming.
If you aren’t getting adequate fluoride exposure in your average day, your dentist, Dr. Barbara Lewis-Heywood, might recommend a basic fluoride treatment and prescription fluoride supplements. Common fluoride supplements include sublingual tabs, gels, mouthrinse or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste.
Should Dr. Barbara Lewis-Heywood prescribe ingestible fluoride supplements, you will need to take them at the specified times. If Dr. Barbara Lewis-Heywood prescribes a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash, you should brush or rinse right before going to sleep or at a time when you can refrain from eating or drinking for at least a half hour.
If you’re struggling with tooth sensitivity or tooth decay issues, you should call Riverside Dental & Beauty Spa at 505-219-0594 to explore your options for increased fluoride exposure in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.