If you looked at the surfaces of your teeth under a powerful microscope, you would see a sophisticated matrix of densely packed mineral crystals. It’s this unique mineral density that gives your teeth the strength to chew food and prevent tooth decay and sensitivity.
If you enjoy acidic foods and beverages on a regular basis, they can erode the mineral density of your tooth enamel. In time, this could allow microscopic pores and channels to open the tooth enamel, harboring new areas of tooth decay or causing tooth sensitivity.
One way to counteract this process of enamel erosion is to expose your teeth to the presence of fluoride. This can strengthen tooth enamel, reverse sensitivity issues and prevent bacteria from exploiting the area to form cavities.
Should Dr. Lee F. Peterson notice signs of enamel erosion, he might recommend a series of different treatment options to increase your fluoride exposure and fortify your tooth enamel. This often includes a basic fluoride treatment, which can be administered in our office after your twice-annual dental checkup.
In an extreme case, he might also recommend a fluoride supplement like concentrated fluoride mouthrinse or toothpaste. Adding a consumer-grade fluoride toothpaste to your daily oral hygiene routine can also help fortify tooth enamel.
It’s also a good idea to try cutting back on acidic foods, beverages and soft drinks. This can go a long way toward preventing the problem from developing again in the future.
If you’re concerned about the effects of enamel erosion on your teeth and you’re interested in fluoride treatment in Hanford, California, you should call 559-584-8129 to schedule an appointment at Lee F. Peterson DDS.