Your tooth enamel is composed of a complex matrix of biological minerals. The density of these microscopic structures is what gives your teeth the durability to chew hard foods while also resisting tooth decay.
If you have problems with maintaining good oral hygiene or you drink acidic beverages on a regular basis, it can develop an acidic environment in your mouth. In time this can weaken the mineral density of your teeth, making them prone to cavities and tooth sensitivity.
If Dr. Mehrnaz Iranmehr notices signs of weakened tooth enamel, during your dental check up she might recommend administering a fluoride treatment. This can often be done at the end of the appointment in just a few short minutes.
The treatment involves Dr. Mehrnaz Iranmehr pouring a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into special trays. They will need to be held in your mouth, along with a suction wand, for a few minutes.
After the fluoride treatment, you should try to abstain from eating or drinking for at least half an hour. This will allow the fluoride to fully saturate your tooth enamel.
Going forward you might want to consider making some minor lifestyle changes to maintain the strength of your tooth enamel. This might involve limiting your consumption of acidic beverages and brushing your teeth with a brand of toothpaste with added fluoride.
If you live in the Dallas, Texas, area and you are concerned about the health of your teeth, you should call 972-447-9707 to schedule a dental check-up at Preston Family Dentistry.