A lot of the strength of your enamel is related to how effective your oral hygiene routine is, and the amount of fluoride exposure you have every single day. A significant amount of research has found that low doses of fluoride in multiple sources will help to strengthen your tooth enamel.
On a microscopic level, enamel is composed of minerals and crystal structures. Acidic foods and the natural bacteria in your mouth can weaken these minerals to a minute degree every day. This process is called demineralization.
Exposure to fluoride helps rebuild these crystals to keep your enamel strong and prevent your teeth from the ravages of tooth decay. This process is called remineralization.
If the balance of remineralization to demineralization results in a net gain, then the strength of your enamel remains the same or even gets stronger. If it results in a net loss, then your tooth enamel is at increased risk of tooth decay.
Many municipal water sources have additional fluoride. People with well water might want to look for other sources of fluoride, including fluoride tablets, fluoride toothpaste or fluoride supplements.
Fluoride toothpaste is especially helpful for the process of remineralization as it is directly applied to the teeth and the motion of your toothbrush helps thoroughly cover the surface area. After you flossing session you could follow up with a quick rinse of antiseptic mouthwash to kill germs and expose your teeth to residual fluoride.
Your dentist can also offer a simple fluoride treatment after you regular dental checkup.
If you have concerns that you’re not getting enough fluoride in your average day, or you would like to have a fluoride treatment, please call us at 541.389.1301 to schedule an appointment.