Your tooth enamel is actually made of mineral crystals that are so densely packed that it makes your teeth harder than bone. As strong as it is, the natural bacteria in your mouth and the acidic foods and beverages you consume can gradually cause enamel erosion. In time, this can leave your teeth vulnerable to tooth decay and sensitivity.
Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps restore the microscopic minerals in a process is known as remineralization. This effectively prevents tooth decay and counteracts sensitivity problems.
If you’ve struggled with tooth decay or tooth sensitivity, you should tell your Sweeney Utterback Dentistry dentist during your next dental checkup. These problems can often be addressed or prevented by administering a simple fluoride treatment.
During the treatment, Dr. Bruce Utterback and Pia Sweeney will pour concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are 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 is severe, your dentist might prescribe daily fluoride supplements. It would also be a good idea to rethink some of your dietary choices to reduce the number of acidic foods and beverages you consume.
If you have been struggling with tooth sensitivity issues or cavities and you suspect it is related to enamel erosion, you should seek timely treatment to prevent further complications. You should call Sweeney Utterback Dentistry at 757.222.3737 to schedule a checkup and fluoride treatment in Virginia Beach, Virginia.