While it might not seem like it at first glance, your tooth enamel is rife with microscopic pores and textures. The regular consumption of acidic foods and beverages and any oral hygiene problems can gradually weaken the mineral density of your teeth. As time goes by, this could cause the pores to expand and deepen. This promotes the formation of tooth decay and it can also increase tooth sensitivity problems.
Fortunately, established research has found that increased fluoride exposure helps restore the mineral density of tooth enamel. This process is known as remineralization and it helps prevent cavities and decrease tooth sensitivity.
If you’ve struggled with problems like this, Dr. Joseph N. Falco might recommend administering a basic fluoride treatment at Pennyrile Family Dentistry. This can usually be performed following one of your routine dental checkups.
The fluoride treatment is administered by pouring concentrated fluoride gel into a tray that is held in your mouth for a few minutes with a gentle suction wand. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking for up to an hour to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.
Dr. Joseph N. Falco might also prescribe fluoride supplements if your tooth enamel shows significant signs of distress. This often comes in the form of a prescription-grade concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinse.
If you live in the Hopkinsville, Kentucky, area and you’re concerned about the strength and health of your teeth, you should call 270-632-6404 to schedule a checkup with our dentist.