The enamel layer of your teeth is made out of microscopic mineral crystals. While tooth enamel is very strong, it is still possible for acidic food and drinks, and the natural processes of the bacteria in your mouth, to erode a microscopic amount of enamel each day. This enamel erosion can greatly increase your chances of developing tooth decay or tooth sensitivity issues.
Regular exposure to fluoride helps to restore the strength of eroded enamel. Some of the most common forms of fluoride are found in the toothpaste you use, and likely in the water you drink.
If you have struggled with tooth sensitivity or chronic problems with tooth decay in the past, you should tell Dr. Tammeka Nickleberry during your regular dental checkup. Chances are he will recommend having a basic fluoride treatment administered.
The fluoride treatment is quick and easy. Most of the time it can be administered at the end of your regular dental checkup. Dr. Tammeka Nickleberry will simply pour a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are inserted in your mouth. You will need to hold the trays in place for a few minutes, while the fluoride deeply penetrates the microscopic pores of your tooth enamel.
If you have had problems with tooth sensitivity or chronic tooth decay issues in the past and you’d like to know more about the benefits of fluoride, you can call Dr. Tammeka Nickleberry at (713) 723-2600 to schedule an appointment.