Poor oral hygiene habits can cause plaque acids to build up in our mouth. When this happens on a frequent basis the acidic environment can start to gradually demineralize your tooth enamel. This puts you at increased risk of suffering cavities on multiple teeth.
If Dr. Jeffrey Neal notices signs of weakened tooth enamel during your regular dental checkup at his Henrico, Virginia, dental office, he might recommend a fluoride treatment. Because some fluoride varnishes contain pine nuts, we provide nut-free fluoride for our patients who have nut allergies.
In just a few minutes the concentrated fluoride gel can restore some of your tooth enamel’s mineral density. If Dr. Jeffrey Neal has further concerns about the strength of your tooth enamel, he might recommend using prescription fluoride supplements. This might come in the form of sublingual tabs, gels, mouth rinse, or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste.
You will need to take ingestible fluoride supplements, as directed. A fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash, should be applied to your teeth right before going to sleep or at a time when you can abstain from eating or drinking for at least a half hour.
Dr. Jeffrey Neal can also give you advice on how to improve your daily oral hygiene routine. This often focuses on brushing twice and flossing once each day.
If you live in the Henrico, Virginia, area and you’re concerned about the health of your tooth enamel, we invite you to call 804-447-1435 to schedule a checkup at Who Does Your Teeth. We look forward to protecting your healthy smile!