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If you were to look at your tooth enamel under a powerful microscope, you would find that it is composed of tightly packed mineral crystal structures. Each day, the acidic foods and drinks you consume, as well as the natural bacteria in your mouth, can actually erode the density of these mineral crystals.

If this process of demineralization is not countered by some means, it will eventually weaken your tooth enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to tooth decay and sensitivity issues.

Extensive research has found that exposing your teeth to the presence of fluoride helps to restore the microscopic minerals in a process is known as remineralization. This serves to prevent sensitivity and tooth decay.

Dr. Craig Thompson might recommend having a routine fluoride treatment administered if you’re experiencing tooth decay and sensitivity issues. This could also be followed up by daily use of fluoride supplements. Combined these two powerful sources of fluoride can reverse significant demineralization symptoms.

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 Dr. Craig Thompson prescribes concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash, you should apply them your teeth or rinse your mouth right before going to bed.

You don’t necessarily have to use them only before bed. You just need to apply them to your teeth at a time when you can avoid eating or drinking anything for at least half an hour. This will allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel.

If you’re concerned about the integrity of your tooth enamel, you should call Dr. Craig Thompson’s office in Peoria, Arizona at 623-566-1200 to see if fluoride supplements are right for you.