Your tooth enamel gets its amazing strength from densely packed microscopic mineral crystals. This is what gives your teeth the strength and durability to bite off, chew and grind hard foods. The density of the minerals prevents bacteria from exploiting the microscopic surfaces to form cavities.
However, it is possible for the acidic foods and beverages you consume throughout the day to deplete a minute amount of these minerals. This process, known as demineralization, creates porous areas in the tooth enamel that bacteria can exploit to establish an area of tooth decay.
Treating your teeth with fluoride helps to restore the mineral structures of tooth enamel on a microscopic level, effectively reversing demineralization.
If you’ve had issues with sensitivity and tooth decay or you simply aren’t getting adequate fluoride in an average day, Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz and Dr. Gregory Mar might recommend administering a basic fluoride treatment. This will effectively restore the mineral density of your tooth enamel.
To administer the fluoride treatment, Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz will pour a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are held in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking for up to an hour afterward to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate your tooth enamel.
If you are concerned about the strength of your tooth enamel, you should call Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz, DDS & Associates, Inc. in Burbank, California at 818-558-4332 to ask about a fluoride treatment.