Throughout the course of an average day, the natural bacteria living in your mouth and the acidic beverages and foods you consume can weaken your tooth enamel. This effectively erodes the microscopic minerals on your teeth, creating textures and pores in the tooth enamel. If this demineralization is not mitigated in some way, the compromised tooth enamel can foster tooth decay. It can also promote problems with tooth sensitivity.
In a situation like this, your dentist, Dr. James R. Healy, might recommend a basic fluoride treatment. The treatment is brief and can usually be performed following one of your routine dental checkups.
Dr. James R. Healy 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.
If your teeth show signs of significant demineralization, he might also prescribe fluoride supplements. This often comes in the form of a prescription-grade concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthrinse.
It could also be helpful to limit your consumption of acidic foods and beverages in the future.
If you are concerned about the strength and health of your tooth enamel, you should call Healy Dental Care at 801-394-0808 to schedule a dental checkup with a fluoride treatment in Ogden, Utah.