If a typical day for you involves consuming acidic foods and beverages or if your smile contains natural oral bacteria that isn’t routinely cleaned away, the mineral density of your tooth enamel can suffer. When attacks on the tooth enamel are not counteracted with regular fluoride treatment, they can erode the teeth to the point that microscopic pores develop in the teeth and begin to expose the sensitive layer of dentin that is underneath the tooth enamel. At this point, you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity.
When you visit Irish Road Dental for a dental checkup and we detect any signs of tooth enamel erosion, Dr. David Ewing may recommend fluoride exposure to treat your tooth sensitivity since fluoride treatment can restore the tooth enamel’s mineral density and prevent the future development of dental problems.
The process of in-office fluoride treatment involves applying a fluoride gel or varnish that sits on the teeth following dental cleaning and exam. You may need to avoid food and drink for a short time afterward to allow the fluoride to penetrate deep into the tooth enamel.
In cases of severe enamel erosion or limited access to fluoridated water, you may benefit from taking daily fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste to rebuff the development of tooth sensitivity.
If you are interested in preventing tooth sensitivity with fluoride treatment in Davison, Michigan, we encourage you to contact Irish Road Dental at 810.653.4100 today to schedule a visit with our dentist.