Each of your teeth is made up of several different layers and structures to help provide you with essential oral functions like biting, chewing, and grinding food. The outer layer of tooth enamel is composed from biological mineral crystals. It’s microscopic density plays an important role in resisting the bacterial influence of tooth decay and cavity prevention.
Your routine dental exam with Dr. Jay P. Boyle includes monitoring the overall health and strength of your teeth. If he has a concern about the strength and overall health of your tooth enamel, he might recommend a fluoride treatment. This simple treatment can be administered at the end of your dental exam. It is designed to bolster the mineral strength of your teeth to help prevent future cavities.
This involves pouring a special concentrated fluoride gel into special trays that are inserted into your mouth along with a gentle suction wand. They will need to be held there for a few minutes to allow the fluoride to permeate the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel.
It would also be beneficial to brush your teeth twice each day with a toothpaste with added fluoride. Limiting your consumption of acidic drinks can be very beneficial for maintaining strong tooth enamel.
If you live in the Mechanicsville, Virginia, area and you are due for your next dental exam, you should call 804-569-0530 to schedule an appointment at Boyle Dentistry today!