If you could look at your tooth enamel under a powerful microscope, you would see that it is made up of a network of mineral crystals. As you go about your day, acidic foods and drinks, as well as the bacteria in your mouth, can gradually start to erode these mineral crystals.
If enamel erosion is not counteracted in some way, it can allow microscopic channels to open up in your tooth enamel. When this happens, it can expose the sensitive dentin layer of your teeth, which will lead to having sensitivity issues when you eat hot, cold, sweet or acidic products.
If your dentist, Dr. Dawn A. Wu, suspects that your tooth sensitivity is linked to enamel erosion, he might recommend getting a fluoride treatment in Richardson, Texas. The concentrated fluoride can help restore the mineral density of your tooth enamel, which will seal the microscopic channels. As an added bonus, it also helps reduce your chances of tooth decay setting in.
Dr. Dawn A. Wu will administer the treatment by pouring a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are held in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes to an hour to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate deep into your tooth enamel.
If you have well water or Dr. Dawn A. Wu thinks your enamel erosion issues need additional help, then he might prescribe some form of daily fluoride supplement.
If you’ve been dealing with tooth sensitivity because of enamel erosion, you can call New Smile Dentistry at (972) 231-9591 and ask about a fluoride treatment.