If you could look at your teeth at a microscopic level, you would find that your tooth enamel is composed of tightly packed mineral crystal structures. Every day, the acidic foods and drinks you consume, as well as the natural bacteria in your mouth, can actually erode the density of these mineral crystals.
If it is not effectively countered on a daily basis, this process of demineralization, can actually weaken your tooth enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to tooth decay and sensitivity problems. Fortunately, exposing your teeth to the presence of fluoride helps to restore the microscopic minerals in a process is known as remineralization. In time this can create microscopic channels through your tooth enamel to the sensitive dentin layer within.
Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps to refortify these microscopic minerals in a process is known as remineralization. This effectively helps to prevent sensitivity as well as decrease your chances of developing tooth decay.
If you’ve had issues with sensitivity and cavities from insufficient fluoride, your Midtown Dental dentist might recommend a fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements. The fluoride treatment is quick and often times can be performed at the end of your dental checkup. Taking fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste, can also help to strengthen your tooth enamel.
Brushing your teeth twice a day with a brand of toothpaste that includes added fluoride is also a great way to increase your fluoride exposure every day. You might want to also consider making changes to your diet to reduce or cutout acidic foods and beverages.
If you have sensitive teeth, concerns about enamel erosion, or you would like to explore your treatment options you should call Midtown Dental at 919-847-8074 to set up an appointment.