Your tooth enamel is made from densely formed microscopic mineral crystals. This is what gives your teeth the ability to bite, chew and grind hard foods. Over time, it is still possible for the bacteria in your mouth and the acidic foods and drinks you enjoy to erode a minute amount of these minerals.
If enamel erosion is not counteracted, it can create microscopic channels through the enamel layer of your teeth, exposing the dentin layer. This leads to increased sensitivity problems when eating hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods. The compromised enamel also creates microscopic areas where bacteria can foster tooth decay.
If you’ve struggled with tooth decay and sensitivity, Dr. Kevin J. Reece 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 trays that are held in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking 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 struggled with cavities and tooth sensitivity, you should call Kevin J. Reece, DDS at 801-465-4474 to explore your fluoride treatment options in Payson, Utah.