The metabolic processes of the natural bacteria in your mouth can produce plaque acids. If you struggle to maintain consistent and effective oral hygiene practices, the persistent acidic environment in your mouth can gradually start to affect the mineral strength of your tooth enamel.
This can eventually cause the microscopic pores on the surfaces of your teeth to expand. In time, it can contribute to problems with tooth decay and tooth sensitivity discomfort.
Fortunately, your routine dental checkup with Dr. Amir Nikraz includes a comprehensive exam to catch any early signs of a developing oral health condition. If he notices an area of concern with your tooth enamel, he might recommend administering a simple fluoride treatment.
The treatment calls for Dr. Amir Nikraz to pour a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into special trays that conform to the general shape of your bite pattern. You will need to hold them in your mouth for few minutes to allow the fluoride to fully saturate your teeth.
Afterward, it’s best to avoid eating or drinking for up to half an hour. This will allow the fluoride to deeply permeate your tooth enamel and effectively reharden your teeth.
Dr. Amir Nikraz might also offer a prescription for fluoride supplements, if he has further concerns about the strength of your teeth. This is more likely to be the case if you don’t have ready access to municipally fluoridated water at home.
If you live in the San Clemente, California, area and you have a dental health concern, you should call 949-366-1177 to schedule a dental checkup at Artistic Dentistry today!