Dental Treatment 101: Thin Enamel Solutions

22 March 2022
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

If you've never known anyone with thin tooth enamel, also known as soft teeth, you may not realize that it's even possible. After all, most people think that teeth are pretty standard and they don't even realize that thin enamel is a thing. However, if you have been affected by thin tooth enamel, then you know how uncomfortable and difficult that can be. Thin tooth enamel can leave your teeth more vulnerable to decay, pain and sensitivity, and breakage. You might wonder what your dentist can do to improve your thin tooth enamel. The good news is that there are steps that you can take with the support of your dentist. Here's a look at a few things that you can talk with your dentist about to treat your thin tooth enamel.

Fluoride-Dense Toothpaste

Although most commercially available toothpaste products do contain some level of fluoride, those kinds of toothpaste that you can buy over the counter only contain a small amount. The more fluoride you can use, the stronger your tooth enamel will become. That is why most dentists prescribe a fluoride-dense toothpaste for those who suffer from soft teeth. 

These toothpaste products are not generally commercially available because of the risk of fluorosis. However, for those with thin tooth enamel, fluoride-dense toothpaste can make a significant difference in their long-term dental care. Just keep in mind that you will have to get your toothpaste from the dentist because it is a prescription product.

Fluoride Mouth Rinse 

Keeping in mind that fluoride bonds to your teeth and helps to form healthy, strong enamel, more fluoride can certainly be better when it comes to combating soft teeth. As a result, your dentist may also suggest the use of a fluoride mouth rinse. 

When you use a fluoride mouth rinse, you will be advised not to rinse your mouth, eat, or drink anything for at least 20 minutes or so following the use of the rinse. This allows the fluoride to soak into your teeth so that it can do its job. 

Fluoride Sealant Application

Done in the dentist's office, a fluoride sealant application is another great way to help combat thin tooth enamel. Your dentist will do a thorough cleaning, then they will apply a fluoride sealant directly to your teeth. 

You may have visions of the days when this fluoride treatment was applied using foam trays and thick gel. Those days are long over in most dental practices. In fact, now the fluoride treatment is applied directly to each tooth with a brush, allowing them to ensure that each tooth is properly treated. This eliminates a lot of mess and the risk of swallowed fluoride.

Don't resign yourself to just dealing with the negative effects of soft teeth. Talk with your dentist today about these treatment options.