The surfaces of your teeth have microscopic pores in the tooth enamel. Inconsistent oral hygiene practices and a propensity for consuming acidic foods and beverages can gradually erode tooth enamel minerals. This can widen and deepen these pores, creating microscopic channels down to the sensitive dentin within. This can cause tooth sensitivity when you consume hot, cold, sweet, or acidic things.
If you’ve struggled with tooth decay and sensitivity, your dentist, Dr. David Duke, might recommend a simple fluoride treatment in Bountiful, Utah, 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 Dental Designs of Bountiful at 801-295-7171 to schedule a fluoride treatment.