Tooth sensitivity can sometimes be caused by weakened tooth enamel. Poor oral hygiene and acidic foods and beverages can cause the microscopic pores on the surfaces of your teeth to expand. When this happens, it can expose the sensitive dentin layer to the shock caused by hot, cold, sweet or acidic things. One of the ways to counteract this problem is to increase the fluoride exposure to your teeth.
To do this, Dr. Mark Andrews will likely start by administering a simple fluoride treatment at Mark Andrews, D.D.S.. Then, he might include a prescription for fluoride supplements.
This often comes in the form of a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash. It’s best to administer the fluoride supplements to your teeth right before bed or at another time when you can abstain from eating or drinking anything for at least an hour.
You might want to also consider cutting back on acidic foods and beverages in the future. This will reduce the acidic environment in your mouth to allow the fluoride supplements to have maximum effect.
If you live in the Kirkland, Washington, area and you’ve been struggling with tooth sensitivity issues, you should call 425-821-8100 to schedule a dental exam with a fluoride treatment at Mark Andrews, D.D.S..