The enamel layer on each of your teeth is made up of a dense matrix of microscopic mineral crystals. This is what provides your teeth with the necessary hardness to handle biting and chewing hard foods, while also resisting the bacterial influence of tooth decay.
If you have a bad habit of forgetting to brush your teeth each morning and night or you don’t floss at every day, the lingering plaque and other bacterial deposits in your mouth can cause a buildup of oral plaque acids. This acidic environment in your mouth can gradually start to demineralize your tooth enamel. As time goes on you will be increasingly likely to suffer tooth decay and tooth sensitivity problems.
Fortunately, exposing your teeth to fluoride helps to reverse this process of tooth enamel erosion. Common sources of fluoride might include municipal water, fluoride toothpaste or fluoride fortified mouth rinse.
If your dental checkup with our dentist reveals signs of demineralized tooth enamel, Dr. David Umansky might recommend a treatment plan based on increasing the fluoride exposure of your teeth. This could include a quick fluoride treatment followed by a prescription for fluoride supplements.
It would also be wise to make sure that all your oral care products have earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.
If you are in the Humble, Texas, are and you are concerned about the health and strength of your teeth, you should call (281) 973-7902 to schedule a dental checkup at Aesthetic Dentistry Associates.