The natural bacteria living in your mouth are pervasive. They will not pass up the chance to exploit weakened or compromised tooth enamel to form tooth decay. This is even more likely to be an issue if you have untreated chips on your teeth or if you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene habits.
Fortunately, exposing your teeth to fluoride helps strengthen the mineral integrity of the tooth enamel. This effectively helps prevent tooth decay and it can even help reduce tooth sensitivity.
One effective way to strengthen your tooth enamel in a short amount of time is to have Dr. Soudabeh Sharafi administer a fluoride treatment at the conclusion of your dental exam at Soudabeh Sharafi DMD.
The treatment calls for pouring a small amount of fluoride gel into a tray that is inserted in your mouth and held there for a few minutes. You should avoid eating or drinking for at least a half an hour to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.
For tooth enamel that shows signs of significant erosion, Dr. Soudabeh Sharafi might also prescribe daily use fluoride supplements. This usually comes in the form of a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash that you should apply to your teeth right before you go to bed each night.
You might also want to try using a brand of toothpaste with added fluoride to increase your daily fluoride exposure. Cutting back on acidic beverages or drinking them directly through a straw might also be beneficial.
If you live in the San Diego, California, area and you are concerned about the health of your tooth enamel, you should call 858-259-1400 to schedule a checkup and fluoride treatment with Dr. Soudabeh Sharafi.