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For many years, fluoride has been known to help restore the mineral strength of tooth enamel. Trace exposure from municipal drinking water and brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste can help restore some of the mineral density of your teeth to prevent cavities and reduce your chances of suffering tooth sensitivity.

If plaque acids build up from poor oral hygiene, or you frequently consume acidic beverages, it could gradually start to weaken the mineral strength of your tooth enamel. As this continues to occur the microscopic pores on the surface of your tooth enamel can start to expand and deepen. This can gradually expose the sensitive dentin layer within your teeth, causing tooth sensitivity discomfort.

Should Dr. Joshua Scott Murdock notices a problem of this magnitude, he might recommend having a fluoride treatment administered after your routine dental exam. This will bolster the mineral density of your teeth in the short term.

If he feels it’s warranted, Dr. Joshua Scott Murdock might also prescribe daily use fluoride supplements. This usually comes in the form of a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or a specially formulated mouthwash that you apply to your teeth right before going to bed.

You might want to also increase your focus on your daily oral hygiene routine and consider cutting back on the acidic beverages you consume. This can help maintain the strength of your tooth enamel and help reduce tooth sensitivity symptoms.

If you live in the Grants Pass, Oregon, area, and you have tooth sensitivity issues, you should call 541-479-5505 to explore your treatment options available at Rogue Valley Family Dentistry.