On a microscopic level, your tooth enamel is made up of microscopic mineral crystal structures. The density of these minerals is what enables your teeth to be strong enough to bite, chew and grind hard foods. Poor oral hygiene and high consumption of acidic foods and beverages can gradually erode the mineral density of your tooth enamel.
If it is not counteracted in some way, it can allow microscopic channels to develop in your tooth enamel. When this happens, it can expose the sensitive dentin layer of your teeth and lead to sensitivity issues when you eat hot, cold, sweet or acidic things.
If your dentist suspects that your tooth sensitivity issues are linked to complications related to enamel erosion, he might recommend having a fluoride treatment in Orem, Utah. The concentrated fluoride can help restore the mineral density of your tooth enamel, sealing the microscopic channels. This also helps prevent tooth decay.
Your dentist administers the treatment by pouring a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are held in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking for up to one hour to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate deep into your tooth enamel.
If you suspect that your tooth sensitivity issues are related to enamel erosion, you should call Dental Center at 801.224.6165 to ask about a fluoride treatment.