Your teeth get the strength they need to bite and chew hard foods from the mineral density of your tooth enamel. Throughout the course of an average day, the natural bacteria in your mouth and the acidic foods you consume can degrade the mineral density of tooth enamel. In time, this can allow microscopic pores to form.
Once this happens, bacteria can exploit tooth enamel. In time, these pores can run so deep that they even expose the dentin layer of your teeth. This can result in tooth sensitivity issues and can greatly affect your quality of life.
If your dentist, Dr. Debora Bolton, notices signs of weakened tooth enamel during your regular dental checkup, she might recommend a fluoride treatment. Exposing your teeth to fluoride will help restore lost mineral structures and counteract future complications.
During the treatment, Dr. Debora Bolton will pour a little bit of concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are held in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes to an hour to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate into your tooth enamel.
If your enamel erosion issues are severe, then Dr. Debora Bolton might also prescribe some form of daily fluoride supplements.
If you’ve been dealing with tooth sensitivity issues or if you’re concerned about the integrity of your tooth enamel, you should call Bull City Smiles Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Debora Bolton DDS at 919-381-5900 to ask about a fluoride treatment in Durham, North Carolina.