Your tooth enamel is made of densely formed microscopic mineral crystals. This is what gives your teeth the ability to bite, chew and grind hard foods. At the same time, it is possible for acidic foods and beverages to erode the mineral density of your tooth enamel. If it’s not counteracted, it can create microscopic channels through the enamel layer of your teeth, causing tooth sensitivity.
If you’ve struggled with tooth decay and sensitivity, your dentist, Dr. Kinney and Musser, 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 for 30 minutes 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’ve been struggling with tooth sensitivity problems, you should call Art & Science Family Dentistry at 651-739-1894 to schedule a fluoride treatment in Woodbury, Minnesota.