Every day, the bacteria in your mouth as well as the acidic foods and beverages you enjoy can cause a microscopic erosion of the minerals in your tooth enamel. As this happens, it can create microscopic channels through the enamel layer that lead to the sensitive dentin inside each one of your teeth.
Fortunately, exposing your teeth to fluoride helps restore the microscopic minerals in your tooth enamel. This essentially fills in the microscopic channels, reversing enamel erosion and preventing future tooth decay and sensitivity.
If you’ve had issues with sensitivity and tooth decay because of insufficient fluoride, your dentist, Dr. Param Gill, might recommend a fluoride treatment or the daily use of prescription fluoride supplements.
The fluoride treatment is quick and can be performed at the end of your regular dental checkup. Dr. Param Gill will pour a concentrated fluoride gel into a tray that is inserted into your mouth and held there for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking for at least a half hour to allow the fluoride to saturate into your teeth.
Taking fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste can also strengthen your tooth enamel. You might want to also consider making changes to your diet to reduce or cut out acidic foods and beverages.
If you have sensitive teeth or concerns about enamel erosion, or if you would like to explore your fluoride treatment options in Modesto, California, you should call Pelandale Dental Care at 209.622.1444 to schedule an appointment.