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Tooth enamel is the incredibly hard substance that gives your teeth the integrity to chew and grind food. This durability is thanks to a complex matrix of dense mineral crystals. Over the course of a single day, the pervasive bacteria in your mouth, as well as the interaction with the acidic foods and beverages you consume, can cause a minute erosion of these mineral crystals.

If left unchecked, this process known as demineralization can weaken your tooth enamel to the degree that tooth decay can set into the tooth. At the same time, demineralization also makes you more prone to developing tooth sensitivity.

Established research has proven that regular exposure to fluoride helps restore the mineral structures of tooth enamel in a process known as remineralization. If you show signs of unchecked demineralization, Dr. Matthew Fethke might recommend adding a fluoride treatment.

This can be administered at the end of your regular dental checkup. To do so, your dentist will pour a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into a tray that is held in your mouth for a few minutes. It’s a good idea to avoid eating or drinking for up to an hour afterward to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic areas of your tooth enamel.

We might also prescribe fluoride supplements or advise you to use a toothpaste with added fluoride to help maintain the strength of your tooth enamel on an everyday basis.

If you are concerned about the strength of your tooth enamel in Boise, Idaho, you should call 208-343-4732 to schedule a checkup and fluoride treatment at High Desert Dental.