While you might not think it at first, your tooth enamel is actually a rather porous substance that is rife with microscopic textures. If you struggle to maintain a consistent oral hygiene regimen and if you enjoy acidic foods and beverages on a frequent basis, it could make these pores expand and deepen. As time goes on, your tooth enamel could become so demineralized that it exposes the dentin layer within the tooth.
If you’ve had issues with sensitivity that you suspect is related to enamel erosion, Dr. James D. Schuette might recommend administering a standard fluoride treatment. This can conveniently be administered following your routine dental exam and cleaning.
Concentrated fluoride gel will be poured into a tray that is inserted into your mouth and held there for a few minutes with a gentle suction wand. 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.
Afterward, your dentist might also prescribe daily fluoride supplements. This usually comes in the form of a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinse that you apply to your teeth right before you go to sleep each night.
This can help remineralize your tooth enamel to reduce tooth sensitivity issues in the future.
If you live in the Lee’s Summit, Missouri, area and you have been struggling with tooth sensitivity symptoms, you should call 816-554-7656 to schedule a checkup at James D. Schuette. DDS..