Tooth sensitivity can cause you to limit your food and beverage choices. Beyond the adverse effects to your quality of life, tooth sensitivity can also be a symptom of weakened tooth enamel. If you enjoy acidic foods and beverages on a regular basis, it can gradually erode the mineral density of your tooth enamel. If it’s not counteracted in some way, enamel erosion can cause microscopic pores through the tooth enamel to the sensitive dentin layer within. In time, this can also make your teeth more prone to cavities.
If you’ve had issues with sensitivity and tooth decay that you suspect are related to enamel erosion, your dentist, Dr. Scott Elrod, might recommend administering a standard fluoride treatment in Lake Jackson, Texas. This can conveniently be administered following your regular dental checkup.
Concentrated fluoride gel will be poured into a tray that is inserted in your mouth and held there for a few minutes. You should avoid eating or drinking for at least a half an hour to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.
If your enamel erosion issues are severe, Dr. Scott Elrod might also prescribe daily fluoride supplements. This usually comes in the form of a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthrinse that you apply to your teeth right before you go to sleep each night.
You might also want to try using a brand of toothpaste with added fluoride to increase your daily fluoride exposure.
If you’re concerned about enamel erosion issues, you should call 979-297-0337 to schedule a fluoride treatment at Distinctive Dental Services.