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Your tooth enamel gets its incredible hardness from a dense matrix of mineral crystals. Throughout an average day, the bacteria living in your mouth and the acidic foods and beverages you enjoy can gradually weaken tooth enamel. Extensive research has found that exposing your teeth to fluoride helps restore the microscopic minerals in a process is known as remineralization. This helps prevent sensitivity and tooth decay.

Your dentist, Dr. Jon Molinare, might recommend having a routine fluoride treatment administered if you’re experiencing tooth decay and sensitivity issues. This could also be followed up by the 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 your dentist prescribes concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash, you should apply it to 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 a 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 Molinare Dental Group at 973-993-1979 to see if fluoride supplements in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, are right for you.