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If you could look at your teeth at a microscopic level, you would see a dense array of mineral crystals. Each day, the acidic foods and drinks you consume and your oral bacteria work to erode these mineral crystals to a minute degree. If left unchecked, this process of demineralization can actually weaken your tooth enamel enough to allow tooth decay and tooth sensitivity.

Fortunately, fluoride restores the microscopic minerals, which will strengthen your tooth enamel and give your teeth the ability to fight tooth decay.

If your teeth show signs of demineralization or acid erosion, your Summit Center for Dentistry dentist might recommend receiving a routine fluoride treatment. If your enamel erosion is significant, Dr. Peter T. Mathison might also recommend taking prescription fluoride supplements.

Fluoride supplements come in several different forms, including sublingual tabs, gels, mouthwash or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste.

Ingested fluoride supplements should be taken at the prescribed time. If your dentist prescribes concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash, you should apply them your teeth or rinse your mouth right before going to bed.

Ideally, you want to apply the fluoride gel or rinse to your teeth at a time when you can avoid eating or drinking anything for at least a half an hour. This will allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel.

If you have questions about fluoride supplements in West Fargo, North Dakota, you should call Dr. Peter T. Mathison at (701) 478-4500 to schedule an appointment.