As you go about your day, the acidic foods and beverages, as well as the bacteria in your mouth, can erode your tooth enamel on a microscopic level. People struggling with an eating disorder, or who do not have municipal water, are even more likely to develop enamel erosion issues.
Well-established research has found that enamel erosion can be countered by increased exposure to fluoride. The fluoride essentially restores a microscopic amount of the eroded minerals to the crystalline structures of your tooth enamel. This process known as remineralization slowly reverses the problems caused by enamel erosion.
If you have had past issues with cavities, tooth sensitivity, or otherwise show signs of enamel erosion we will likely recommend a basic fluoride treatment. It’s also possible that he advises the daily use of prescription fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth twice a day with a brand of toothpaste with added fluoride.
There is a lot of misinformation out there concerning fluoride, but the truth of it is that it’s very beneficial to tooth health, and it needs to be a part of your oral health regimen.
If you have sensitive teeth caused by enamel erosion, or you’ve noticed one or more new cavities in your teeth, you should call us today at 541-942-7934 to schedule an appointment.