Your tooth enamel is composed of microscopic mineral structures. The density of these minerals is what gives your teeth the strength to bite and chew food. However, it is possible for the acidic foods and beverages you consume throughout the day to deplete a microscopic amount of these minerals.
If this enamel erosion is not counteracted, it can create microscopic channels through the enamel layer of your teeth, exposing the dentin layer. This leads to increased sensitivity problems when eating hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods. The compromised enamel also creates microscopic areas where bacteria can foster tooth decay.
If you’ve struggled with tooth decay and sensitivity, your dentist, Dr. Sonny Ashfar, might recommend a simple fluoride treatment to restore these mineral structures and prevent future problems. Most of the time, the treatment can be performed at the end of your dental checkup.
Your dentist administers the fluoride treatment by pouring concentrated fluoride gel into a tray that is held in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.
Your dentist might also prescribe fluoride supplements if your teeth show significant signs of enamel erosion. Most people like to use either a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthrinse. These can be applied to your teeth right before you go to bed to allow the fluoride to deeply saturate the microscopic pores in the tooth enamel.
If you suspect that your tooth sensitivity issues are linked to enamel erosion, you should call Star Dental at 916.773.6222 to schedule a fluoride treatment in Roseville, California.