Your tooth enamel is made from densely formed microscopic mineral crystals. Over time the bacteria in your mouth and the acidic foods and drinks you enjoy can erode a small amount of these minerals and wear down your teeth over time.
If enamel erosion is not countered, it can create microscopic channels through the enamel layer of your teeth exposing the dentin layer. This leads to increased sensitivity problems when eating hot, cold, sweet or acidic things. The weakened enamel also creates microscopic areas where bacteria can foster tooth decay.
If you’ve struggled with tooth decay and sensitivity, Dr. Greg Atwood might recommend a simple fluoride treatment to restore these mineral structures and prevent future problems. Most of the time the treatment can be performed at the end of your checkup.
Dr. Greg Atwood administers the fluoride treatment by pouring concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are held in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.
It’s also a good idea to brush your teeth twice a day with a toothpaste that has added fluoride. In some cases Dr. Greg Atwood might also prescribe fluoride supplements.
If you’ve struggled with cavities and tooth sensitivity, you should call Atwood Family Dental in Odessa, Texas, at 432.337.6165 to ask about a fluoride treatment.