Your tooth enamel is composed of a microscopic mineral matrix. The mineral density is what keeps your teeth strong enough to prevent cavities. When you consume acidic foods and beverages, it can deplete a miniscule amount of these minerals. Over time, this can cause microscopic pores in the tooth enamel, exposing the sensitive dentin within.
Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps restore the density of these microscopic minerals. If your teeth suffer from significant demineralization, your dentist, Dr. Steve Hong & Dennis Fee, might recommend having a fluoride treatment after your regular dental checkup.
Concentrated fluoride will be poured into a special tray that is inserted into your mouth and held there for a few minutes. You will need to avoid eating and drinking for up to an hour to maximize the fluoride saturation in your tooth enamel.
If you’ve been struggling with significant tooth sensitivity or your teeth show severe signs of demineralization, your dentist might also prescribe fluoride supplements. It might also be a good idea to cut back on acidic foods and beverages.
If you’ve been struggling with tooth sensitivity, you should call Philadelphia Dental Associates at 215-564-9010 to ask about the benefits of a fluoride treatment in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.